School Safety: Assessing and Managing Risks

Confirmed to speak:

  • Mark Sawyer, Team Leader – Childcare Disqualification and Health & Safety, DfE
  • Deborah Borg, Educational Security and Safety Specialist, Salford City Council
  • Susan Trigger, Executive Headteacher/NLE, Bitterne Park School and Sixth Form
  • (Chair) Alan Barham, Education Consultant & Former Headteacher
  • Mark Ardron, Director, Armadillo Safety Solutions


Schools, like all other institutions, are constantly reviewing their safety in light of new risks and such analysis is needed now more than ever. Cyber-attacks, terrorism and student violence can all be added to a long list of potential risks to be considered by schools.

Attend this Westminster Briefing for an up-to-date brief on DfE and Ofsted action in this area, and how to translate that into a safer school for you, your staff and pupils. Hear from best practice case studies as to how they have responded to threats and taken precautionary action. Special attention will be paid to partnership working and how to work effectively with your local authority, police force and fire service.

Key issues to be addressed include:

  • Overview of government guidance and action
  • Measures needed to satisfy Ofsted: demonstrating reasonable steps to ensure school safety
  • Responding to new online threats: looking at your school’s cybersecurity
  • Ensuring pupils feel safe on site
  • Physically securing the school site: perimeter fencing and CCTV
  • Monitoring visitors or volunteers: access and intruder policy
  • Role of the local authorities, police and fire services
  • Emergency planning and response: public health incident, extreme weather, bomb threats 
  • Addressing current threats: reducing the carrying of knives and planning for potential terrorist attacks
  • Issues within the student body: serious bullying, hate crimes and sexual offences

About the event:

The morning session will look at current guidance around school safety, and how to respond to new and pressing risks.

The afternoon session will examine effective strategies around risk management currently being practiced, and how they can be transferred to your setting.

Who should attend?

You will join a range of school and education stakeholders including, but not limited to: head teachers, senior and middle leaders, Facilities/Site Managers, Health & Safety Managers, local authorities, police and fire services, and anyone interested or involved in school safety.

For registration enquiries please contact: | 0207 593 5657

To discuss event sponsorship, speaking opportunities and agenda content, please email:

Tuesday 23rd January 2018

11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)

Public Sector | 1 Place: £245 | 2+ Places: £195 each
Private Sector | 1 Place: £295 | 2+ Places: £245 each
Above prices exclude VAT

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