Headteachers and/or Chairs of Governors who appoint and continue to employ teachers are responsible for ensuring that the health, safety and wellbeing and educational progress of pupils will not be placed at risk. Assessment of medical fitness for teaching duties forms a key element of the selection process.
All schools should have a process for ensuring that staff are able to undertake their duties safely without compromising their own health or that of colleagues or pupils. There are no defined standards of fitness for teaching but Occupational Health providers will assess that staff have the health and wellbeing necessary to deal with the specific types of teaching and associated duties at the school, such as:
The Department for Education provides guidance on health and fitness in relation to teacher training and teaching.
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