Coping with a school emergency
The Civil Contingencies Act 2004 placed new duties on local authorities with regard to planning for emergencies. As a result of this, the Department for Education and Skills (now the Department for Education) strongly recommended that schools produce their own emergency plan.
In 2005, Nottinghamshire County Council examined how schools could become more involved in emergency planning and how the local authority could support them. 'Coping with a school emergency' was issued in 2006; this included a template school emergency plan and supporting guidance.
The document was revised and re-issued to schools in September 2008 and followed up with introductory and refresher training events for headteachers and governors.
Version 3 of 'Coping with a school emergency' was issued in January 2013 [PDF].
Accompanying resources, including a template school emergency plan, are available to schools on Wired.
The 'Developing community resilience through schools' project
Nottinghamshire County Council achieved 'Beacon status' for emergency planning in 2007-2008. The support provided to schools was a major contributory factor in achieving this status.
From 2009-2011, Nottinghamshire County Council worked with other local authorities to develop emergency planning resources for schools across the country, including a national version of 'Coping with a school emergency'.
These resources were launched in March 2011 and include:
- Guidance on producing, training and exercising a school emergency plan
- A template school emergency plan
- Electronic storybooks, games and puzzles which can be used by teachers in the classroom to complement lessons on emergency planning.
To find out more about the project, and to download the resources, please visit: www.schoolemergencies.info.