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Professional Support for PE & Outdoor Learning

Bespoke development, support and guidance on all aspects of Physical Education and Outdoor Learning for schools, teachers and teachers in training

Carrying out a Risk Assessment

A prompt list: issues to Consider

DECIDE WHAT REQUIRES A RISK ASSESSMENT


one for each work area

one for regular off-site visits – e.g. away matches

a separate one needs to be completed for each special event


IDENTIFY THE HAZARDS


initial audit of existing safety documentation and procedures

logical flow through sessions – eg changing, movement to work area, the activity

include statutory issues – fire safety, first aid, transport etc.

keep it simple

group activity – all adults involved in teaching physical education

involve pupils during lessons


DECIDE WHO IS AT RISK


staff

pupils – all/some e.g. SEN

other visitors


EVALUATE THE RISKS


use professional judgement

take account of existing procedures and precautions to minimise risks

consider number of people possibly at risk

may use a simple grading system – likelihood x severity – to identify probability


RECORD THE FINDINGS


record as you go - using the suggested format below


DEVISE AN ACTION PLAN TO REDUCE THE RISKS


are existing control measures adequate?

devise appropriate, additional controls where necessary

prioritise if necessary


INFORM THOSE AFFECTED


notices, procedures, training etc.


PERIODICALLY REVIEW THE ASSESSMENT


Annually or when the circumstances change