Public health advice

We have worked closely with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and PHE to develop this guidance. Based on the recent ONS data, the risks to education staff are similar to those for most other occupations.

Implementing the system of controls, creates a safer environment for pupils and staff where the risk of transmission of infection is substantially reduced. The way to control this virus is the same, even with the current new variants. We are further strengthening the measures, to provide more reassurance and to help decrease disruption the virus causes to education.

You must comply with health and safety law and put in place proportionate control measures. To meet these obligations you must:

review your health and safety risk assessments in light of this refreshed guidance
make any necessary changes to your control measures applying the system of controls
Risk assessment
a legal duty to protect people from harm. This includes taking reasonable steps to protect staff, pupils and others from coronavirus (COVID-19) within our school.

You must implement sensible and proportionate control measures which follow the health and safety hierarchy of controls to reduce the risk to the lowest reasonably practicable level. This hierarchy of controls .

review and update your risk assessments – treating them as ‘living documents’ – as the circumstances at our school and the public health advice changes This includes having active arrangements in place to monitor that the controls are:

working as planned
notify our staff and their health and safety representatives of review outcomes.

System of controls
We know that the predominant variant of coronavirus (COVID-19) is more transmissible however, PHE advice remains that the way to control this virus is with the system of controls, even with the current new variants.

In this section where something is essential for public health reasons, as advised by Public Health England (PHE), we have said ‘must’. Where there is a legal requirement we have made that clear. This guidance does not create any new legal obligations.

the set of actions our take. They are grouped into ‘prevention’ and ‘response to any infection’.

we follow the system of controls, you will effectively reduce risks in our setting and create an inherently safer environment.