Headteachers are very much aware of the need to protect pupils and staff. However, navigating the guidance and legal obligations can be difficult. Suzanne O’Connell looks at new online advice to help those responsible for policy and practice

When drawing up a security policy it can be difficult to establish what the most up-to-date advice is. Guidance can be spread across different departments and the most appropriate can be hard to find.

Now, online advice published in November has brought together much of the written material that was previously scattered across different sources. If you have not already seen it, School and college security (DfE, 2019) is worth more than a scroll down.

As with most areas of school life, it is essential that you have a policy in place. The guidance advises that schools should have a policy that:

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