Effective health and safety training is essential to make sure everyone has the necessary skills, knowledge and information to do their jobs safely. This page explains our policy and competency framework for health and safety training. It also includes details of current health and safety training arrangements and courses.

Health and safety training policy

The Health and Safety Training Policy explains the Council’s competency-based approach to health and safety training. It includes mandatory training for managers, including head teachers and senior managers, and employees in certain job roles.

The Individual health and safety training needs assessment form is for managers to use to identify and record the health and safety training needs of their employees. The Health and safety training matrix template can be used to record and monitor employees' health and safety training. It includes a blank template and a worked example.

Mandatory health and safety training

Employees in certain job roles are now required to do some mandatory courses on important health and safety topics. See our Health and Safety Training Policy  for more details, which has a health and safety training competency matrix. This shows those job roles within schools that are required to do the mandatory training.

We’ve put together a programme of course dates for this training, and will add more when necessary. To check whether places are available on specific dates contact us on 640748.

Course summaries for the four mandatory management courses are now available online. Each summary is password protected, but we’ll give the details to delegates when they attend the relevant course. Email us if you’ve lost your password. You’ll need an up-to-date version of flash player installed on your computer to view them.

Use these links to view the course summaries:

Training course information

Information about all our courses,including dates and times, will be available in our Health and Safety Traning Course 2019 brochure which is coming soon. Please note that mandatory courses are free to schools that buy our health and safety package.

To book a place, download the Health and Safety Training Course Booking form fill in all the required details and send it to the

If you need more specific training, we might be able to develop something for you. Fill out the New training course request form (for new or bespoke courses) and send it to the Please note, there may be a charge for this.

If you need more information, contact us on 640748.

Cancellation charges

Chief Officer Group has agreed that cancellation charges can be made for delegates who fail to attend courses without any, or insufficient, notice. This is in line with normal practice by training providers.

Charges will apply even if you don’t usually pay for health and safety courses. The charges are: