The Ofsted Inspection. No three little words have the power to strike so much fear into the hearts of even the most hardened Head Teacher than the news of an impending Ofsted Inspection.
Whilst there are dozens of key areas to be addressed when assessing the provision of education to your pupils, something that is often overlooked by school leaders (or at least found loitering at the bottom of the checklist) is the provision of Human Resources and Health & Safety services within your school. If you’re looking for that “Good” or “Outstanding” rating, you can be sure the inspectors will be taking a close look at these areas.
So isn’t it time you "Inspect What You Expect" from your Human Resources and Health & Safety Management Systems?
The Human Resources umbrella covers a vast array of areas within your school that involve, and benefit, staff, pupils and the overall running of the school. These range from looking at appropriate levels of staffing (taking into account holiday entitlement and flexible working arrangements), managing safer recruitment (including undertaking and documenting DBS checks), effectively managing performance, handling disciplinary and grievances and also measuring employee engagement that can underpin all these areas.
Are your contracts and handbooks up to date ready for your next inspection? Do you have the right people working in your school and undertaking their roles effectively? Click here to find out more about Delivering Effective HR in Schools
Although written risk assessments are not required for every individual classroom activity, it is important to undertake a school-wide Health & Safety audit to identify specific risks within your establishment and have a comprehensive Health & Safety policy in place to cover your legal duties and ensure the health and wellbeing of pupils, staff and visitors. Examples include hazards on the school site such as broken fences, ponds and faulty equipment, the use of computers and fire evacuation procedures.
When was the last time you carried out a comprehensive Health & Safety audit and reviewed your policies? Do you have someone adequately trained in paediatric first aid? Click here to find out more about Responsible Health & Safety Management in Schools
We offer a free, no obligation consultation undertaken by one of our professional experts to help you get an idea of what steps you need to take to comply with all the latest legislation. Click here, or fill out the form on the right of this page to book your free consultation today.
"We have worked with Park City for just over a year now and found their service to be exemplary. The Park City team go out of their way to assist the school in matters of employment, fire and health and safety. We feel very reassured that with their advice and support we are meeting all our legal obligations and we if we have any questions relating to these matters we know we will get a very straight forward, honest and comprehensive response." Finborough School (HR Director)
"It was a huge relief once we had appointed Park City. Their staff made every effort to come and visit us to really understand our nuances and then when we had a problem we were able to pick up the phone or email and get a rapid response from someone who knew us and has been through other issues with us. Appointing Park City has been one of the best decisions that we have ever made, it has increased our peace of mind and also means that we are not afraid to tackle difficult staffing issues." St George's Ascot (Headmistress)
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