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Occupational Health

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:

  • being able to communicate effectively with children, parents and colleagues
  • possessing sound judgement and insight
  • remaining alert at all times
  • being able to respond to pupils’ needs rapidly and effectively
  • being able to manage classes
  • not constituting any risk to the health, safety or well-being of children in their care
  • being enabled by reasonable adjustments, where disabilities exist,  to meet these criteria

The Department for Education provides guidance on health and fitness in relation to teacher training and teaching.

To find out about our Occupational Health service for schools, please see SLAs and how to subscribe.