CREDIT: This story was first seen in The Telegraph
Headteachers have urged the government to advise them on what to do if their school is caught up in a terrorist attack, as they criticise ministers for having no plan, The Telegraph reports.
But the teaching unions have warned that schools’ emergency plans for terrorist attacks should be a “key priority” for the government, rather than being left to “ad hoc” arrangements.
The National Association of Headteachers (NAHT) said that the majority of local authorities also do not to offer advice on school lockdown procedures either.
“Their health and wellbeing cannot be left to ad hoc arrangements. The government needs a coherent national strategy on lockdown procedures.
He told TES that “lockdown might not necessarily be the best advice at all times”, and highlighted alternative police advice to “run, hide, tell” during a weapons attack.
A DfE spokesman said: “Schools have a legal responsibility to ensure staff and pupils are safe. We provide a range of support for schools, and constantly review guidance to ensure it is comprehensive and up to date.
“The National Counter-Terrorism Security Office also provides specialist advice on staying safe in the rare event of an attack, including tailored advice for education establishments.”
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