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Risk Management in Physical Education and School Sport Peter Whitlam. What the session is about. Purpose: To provide an update on current and key risk management issues in physical education and school sport. Outcomes: An understanding of: t he key principles in managing risk in PESS;
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and School Sport
Essentially – what school staff need to be aware of in H&S.
This risk management course contributes towards the following standards:
Professional skills: C29 and C30
Learning environment: C37 and C38
Post threshold standards:
Health and well being: P6
Professional Skills: P7 and P8
(apathy, paranoia, incompetence)
(challenge v risk)
Totally Range of Increasingly high Danger
safe acceptable levels of risk
Dr Lynne Drennan, CEO ALARM (Zurich Municipal News & Views, Autumn 2008).
Tom Shewry, Head of Education, Zurich Municipal, (News and Views, Autumn 2008).
(risk education/NCPE PoS requirement/ECM – being safe)
“careless conduct which injures another and which
the law deems liable for compensation”(Frederick Place Chambers 1995)
HSE 1995: Schools: young people – 3 deaths/5000 major injuries:
3+ days off work/school or visit to hospital for 24 hours
Minor first aid only
Non-injury accidents/near misses
2.25 million reported injuries/year - 1.5 billion pupil days/year.
PESS – c. 1/2-2/3 of total school injuries = 0.001% v total pupil days.
Games 42% Gymnastics 27% Swimming 1%
Principle: Termly analysis of incident report forms informs about safe practice policy and procedures – pattern and number
The employer must:
inform employees of measures to make situations
safe, provide training and supervision where appropriate and monitor implementation of the procedures
MAKE ALL ADULTS WORKING WITH PUPILS AWARE OF THEIR LEGAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
(SP 2008 ch 2 pp 18-19)
(local requirements take precedence over national guidance)
Two key criteria for managing risk:
(good teaching is safe teaching)
(good organisation is safe organisation)
(includes key aspect of written risk assessments)
(acknowledgement to Dudley CS: “Policy into Practice” Section 1: Planning Principles)
– “supervision – protection – training”
Facility Class organisation
Beaumont, Eve, Kirkby, Whitlam 1998
“Behaviour is the cause or a contributory factor in more than 80% of accidents”.
(Kier Group for HSE) 2007.
experience and expertise required to carry
out the specified work.
(SP 2008 – chapter 4 and Appendix 3)
(SP 2008 – Appendix 3b pp 313-316. Also see pages 14-15 in the handout)
(case law/NCPE PoS)
what is going on is safe (HaSaWA s.7)
not coaching a sport
(Common Core Skills/HLTA standards, DfES 2006 & afPE/ukSport ASLs 2006)
Targeted CPD? (SP 2008 paragraph 4.2.14)