In the Sunday Times today is an article on school activities that I totally agree with!!
For too long now the schools have had to steer a safe line for fear of litigation. In the article it indicates that this may be changed.
“Michael Gove, the education secretary, plans to bring back a “Dangerous Book for Boys” culture in schools. He believes parents are frustrated with schools where activities are restricted by health and safety rules.”
To the detriment of school children, trips and activities have been scaled down for fear of teachers opening themselves up to the “compensation culture”
“Some teachers have been advised to avoid school trips because of the risks of an accident leading to legal action or a disciplinary inquiry. They also complain of health and safety assessments of up to 100 pages for school trips.”
This cannot be right and I totally agree needs addressing. Yes, I agree, there has to be rules etc. but when the rules are so stringent that the trips don’t take place, something is seriously wrong.
“Claimants may be required to prove reckless endangerment rather than negligence”
This doesn’t mean that there won’t be guidelines but back to good old common sense once again comes into play (excuse pun). Let’s face it teachers train for years to progress in their profession, are we saying they are not responsible people? If they can’t take care of our children, what are they doing in the profession anyway?
The other thing that needs addressing is CRB checks.
Yes we should keep anyone with paedophiliac tendencies away from children, but I have to question the validity of a CRB check.
In the past I have run a Youth football club, before CRB, we were always careful and used common sense. In my 10 years of running that club (with 10 or more teams, ages from 7 to 16) we NEVER had one instance of paedophile activity.
My work takes me into schools and yes I have been CRB checked. I have never been asked for my certificate, or proof and as far as I am concerned the certificate is out of date on the day you apply for it.
One more pertinent quote from the article:
“Julian Brazier, chairman of the all-party group for recreation in society, which has been campaigning to reform health and safety rules, said:
“Young people need opportunities to explore and learn how to manage risk if they are to develop into self-confident people.”
Let Mums and Dads once more help with out of school activity without having to jump through hoops of bureaucracy.
So I have to say, I agree with Gove!!