Health and Safety

Asbestos Awareness Training & Extension for Duty to Manage

Asbestos Awareness: Provides an awareness of asbestos and develops the knowledge of those attending regarding the hazards and risks posed by asbestos containing materials (ACM’s). The course further gives an overview of the legislative measures in place to permit employees to safeguard themselves and others affected by work activities. UKATA accredited course.

Duty to Manage: Extension to cover the requirements as set out by the HSE under Regulation 4 of The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012: Duty to manage asbestos in non-domestic premises. Riverside Environmental certified course.

Participants will:

  • Have an increased awareness of the nature and properties of asbestos and its effects on health, including the increased risk of lung cancer for asbestos workers who smoke
  • Be familiar types, uses and likely occurrences of asbestos in buildings and where appropriate items of plant
  • Know how to avoid the risks from asbestos by understanding
  • Where to obtain information on asbestos in premises prior to commencing work
  • What to do if suspicious materials are found
  • How to use appropriate workplace precautions, including the risk assessment process, or seek advice on workplace precautions, in respect of the risks of asbestos
  • Undertake work activities in a safe manner and without risk to themselves or others
  • Have an awareness of the general legislation in relation to health and safety and asbestos in particular
  • Procedures to be followed when coming into unintentional contact with ACM’s and an understanding of the appropriate emergency arrangements
  • Understand the requirements as set out by the HSE under the Control of Asbestos 2012: Regulation 4
  • Be familiar with the survey types, their implementation and limitations 
  • Understand the importance of having an asbestos register and maintaining it 
  • Be aware of the licensed removal process and the role of the analyst

Headteachers, Premises Managers, School Business Managers and other staff responsible for building management and maintenance. 

Understanding the Governors role in Headteacher Performance Management and The Pay Committee

"This course will provide participants with an in-depth understanding of the statutory requirements for Headteacher Performance Management and will include:

  • Overview of statutory guidance
  • Organisational details of the Headteacher Performance Management process, including the role of the external advisor and the requirements for target reviews
  • Exploration of best practice target setting including how these should link to the school priorities, outcomes for students  and mental health and well being
  • Information on actions following Headteacher Performance Management reviews and the role of the Pay Committee in this process

The Pay and Pay Appeals Committees are statutory committees and are responsible for all pay decisions outside of the cost of living increases. The committees must be agreed by the governing board who will delegate the role to the named governors serving on the committees.

Attendance at this session will enable participants to: 

  • Understand the importance of comparing evidence provided against the expectations of the School’s Pay Policy and the School Teachers Pay and Conditions Document
  • Evaluate the evidence provided by the Headteacher and how to use it to make strategic decisions on teacher’s pay
  • Be clear on the type of evidence expected for a request to move through the Threshold or Upper Pay Scale
  • Be confident when challenging requests for pay increases and have a clear rationale for any pay increase refusals
  • This course will reflect the statutory requirements for maintained schools in relation to Headteacher Performance Management, which is recommended best practice for all schools to follow.

  • Will be confident in setting challenging and aspirational targets for the Headteacher
  • Will be able to ensure that the targets are reviewed regularly
  • Will have the confidence to challenge the senior leadership to evidence that performance management targets have been set for all staff and that they are impacting on outcomes for pupils
  • Understand their statutory role in making pay decisions for all teaching staff 
  • Be confident to ask challenging questions regarding evidence provided
  • Be able to ensure pay decisions are managed fairly and in line with the expectations of the school’s Pay Policy and the School Teachers Pay and Conditions Document

All Governors

First Aid at Work

This course provides participants with all the knowledge, skills and objectives necessary to act as First Aiders within the workplace.

The First Aid at Work certificate is awarded by the First Aid Industry Body in accordance with Health and Safety Executive (HSE) regulations and is valid for three years. A copy of the latest edition of a First Aid manual and delegate pack will be provided for each participant.

Attendance is required on all 3 dates.

Successful candidates will be awarded the HSE First Aid at Work certificate.


  • Will be confident and prepared to deal with First Aid situations as and when they arise at work
All interested staff from all schools. This course is open to anyone wishing to train as a First Aider.
Candidates must be physically fit with the ability and temperament to undertake First Aid training
First Aid at Work - Requalification

This 2 day course will review the knowledge, skills and objectives necessary for First Aid.

This will include CPR, resuscitation, bandaging, burns and other First Aid issues. A copy of the latest edition of the First Aid at Work manual will be provided and the new certificate will be valid for three years.

Attendance is required on both dates.

Candidates can now requalify up to 28 days after the expiry but must produce their First Aid at Work certificate on the first day of the course as proof of eligibility (this has been extended throughout the Covid-19 pandemic)


  • Will be up-to-date and confident in their ability to deal with First Aid situations as and when they arise at work
Those renewing their Health and Safety Regulations, First Aid at Work certificate
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