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Head/governor responsibilities

Discussion in 'Governors' started by bryangray, Dec 4, 2015.

  1. bryangray

    bryangray New commenter

    Please could you advise whether governors are responsible for Health and Safety or the Head.
    Should governors simply be checking that they are happy with the head's actions ( and, if so, should she prepare a report of actions) or do they have a more proactive role?
    Many thanks.
  2. reg1950

    reg1950 New commenter

    Its not either/or. Head and governors are both responsible.
  3. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    .The DFE guidance should tell you what you need to know


    As with most things in schools the governing body is ultimately responsible in law for H&S, but again as with most things the governing body should be setting the policy and then delegating to the headteacher to implement the policy and to manage risks day to day.

    Yes you would monitor H&S, as you would any other delegated function. It isn't governors role to personally tour the school checking if the fire doors shut properly etc.

    Many GBs have an H&S Committee (or include H&S within the Terms of Reference of one of its other Committees) and this is the main way they monitor H&S.

    If you an LA Community or Voluntary Controlled school the LA also have power to issue directions to both the GB and the Head on how H&S should be managed (section 29(5) Education Act 2002 ). This because the LA is the contractual employer in those schools. There is no power for the LA to issue directions to VA/Foundation schools.
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2015
  4. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

    Employees also have a responsibility in law to ensure their own H&S and report dangers.
    Rott Weiler likes this.
  5. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    Governors need to ask the right questions and ensure that the right policies, checks and procedures are put into place.
  6. neddyfonk

    neddyfonk Lead commenter

    You are correct but health and safety is such a vast topic a fresh pair of eyes doing a risk assessment can often spot an issue. I was observing playtime and noticed a thin nylon rope being used for skipping. A recent case of a child using such a rope for tug-of-war and having two fingers ripped off came to mind and I voiced my concerns.

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