Presentation on theme: "AN OVERVIEW OF MANAGING RISK IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND SCHOOL SPORT:"— Presentation transcript:
1 AN OVERVIEW OF MANAGING RISK IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND SCHOOL SPORT: SOME IMPLICATIONS FORPRIVATE COACHING PROVIDERS.Peter Whitlam
2 Potential and realityThe use of coaches in schools has the potential to release excellent expertise to broaden and raise the quality of pupils’ experiences in physical education and sport.There is some very good practice in some schools – unfortunately there is also some very poor practice.There is also significant ignorance and misunderstanding of legal and professional responsibilities by both agencies and schools. e.g. Level 1/quality assumptions/not managed by school etc
3 Consider the following case outcomes as if your staff were involved. Who is legally responsible? Could it be you?What would be needed to avoid the negative outcome?Would your coaches know not to do what the person involved did?
4 Who carries the can?On a Friday afternoon in school a small group of VI formers approach a member of staff to take them in his car to go climbing over the weekend. The teacher (coach) agrees to take and lead the group but does not inform the head teacher. During a climb one student falls and is seriously injured.Teacher/coachOutside contract – did not inform head teacher therefore a private arrangement.based on Stenner v Taff-Ely 1984
5 Who carries the can?A Year 11 group go on a field studies trip to a local rocky area. The accompanying teacher (coach) has not taught the group nor knows them individually. Two pupils leave the group and begin throwing rocks and stones from a bridge towards where the group is working. The teacher (coach) tells them to stop then moves further along the valley to a second group some 50 metres away, out of sight and sound of the first group. The two boys again drop rocks onto the first group, hitting a pupil causing a fractured skull.Employer (local authority) – agency could also be sued.Inadequate supervision – competency (group management skills)- duty of care.Porter v Bradford MBC 1985.
6 Who carries the can?A group of 15 years old pupils attend a golf range with a teaching assistant as part of their PE programme. The club’s professional (coach) teaches them. A pupil practising a golf swing is struck in the face by another pupil swinging a club whilst trying to hit a bouncing ball.Employer (local authority)Workforce reform. Competence. School responsible for pupil well-being – inadequate supervision. Agency (golf club) could have been sued at the same time.Cuthbertson v Merchiston Castle School 2001.
7 Who carries the can?A night club owner (school) employed a security firm (coach agency) to control public entry to the club. The club owner gave instructions to the security staff about allowing entry to the club. During an argument about entry one of the security staff – a “bouncer” (coach) – hit a member of the public and broke his jaw. The injured person sued the security firm (coach agency) and the nightclub owner (school) for the attack by the bouncer.Joint responsibility .Club owner was judged to have exercised “detailed control” on the work of the bouncer – “having control and responsibility for assigned staff” – therefore he was a “temporary employer” and jointly liable with the security firm. This decision has major implications for head teachers, governors and agency managers Hawley v Luminar Leisure Ltd 2006.
8 Summary of implications from case law Joint responsibility for actions of coaches when in schoolSame risk management (health and safety) standards apply as for school staffSame safety awareness expected as for school staffAbility to do adequate risk assessmentsSame competency (teaching and group management) standards as for school staffPlanned and structured training according to individual needs of coachEnsure head teacher/school staff are aware of intentions
9 The key principles – a positive view of managing risk. “Risk management is about enabling good things to happen, not just preventing the bad”.Dr Lynne Drennan, CEO ALARM (Zurich Municipal News & Views, Autumn 2008).“Events need to be as safe as necessary not as safe as possible” (RoSPA).Macleod R – (“Change in Attitude to Injury Liability”: Recreation. Summer 2008)“Risk management should be routine, embedded and well documented”.Tom Shewry, Head of Education, Zurich Municipal, (News and Views, Autumn 2008).
10 What is risk management? good teaching/ good organisationreasonable forethought, anticipation, forward planning3 purposes:ensure potential safety problems are understoodcheck whether existing precautions are adequateimplement any FURTHER precautions necessaryon-going risk assessment- dynamic – expertise – unwrittenAs managers of coaches working in schools, how would you advise them about the following…………
11 Rating risk – would your coaches rate these examples as high, medium, low? Should they continue in these situations?
12 Think before saying “yes” Think before saying “yes”. Essential criteria for activities and events to go aheadA coach asks you if s/he can introduce an activity to their programme , hold a particular sports event or have something like a three-legged race in their sports programme.Before you say “yes” or “no”, what would you expect to have been considered to determine whether it would be safe?
13 Some essential considerations about the safety of any task. Previous experience – have been taught the techniquesPoor/ faulty technique corrected – i.e. skill level in relation to demand of activityRecent experienceMatching comparable size, experience, confidenceKnowledge of pupils – medical information, behaviourHistory of injury occurringClear safety framework – rules - applied!Supervision at appropriate level – remote by degreesEquipment and facility suitable and checked – appropriate, good conditionRegular and approved practice – improvise with cautionExpertise of adult with groupForethought – have we considered what may happen?i.e. Good teaching.
14 Risk Management: A model PupilsStaffPEOPLECONTEXT ORGANISATIONFacility Class organisationEquipment TeachingProcedures/routines PreparationProgressionBeaumont, Eve, Kirkby, Whitlam 1998“Behaviour is the cause or a contributory factor in more than 80% of accidents”.Helen Sully(Kier Group for HSE) 2007.Acceptable riskPE/SPORTAppropriate challenge
15 Controlling risk – making concerns safe 3 ways to reduce any risk – i.e. to control risk:SupervisionProtectionTraining
17 Health and safety duties and responsibilities School staff (including agency coaches) must:Know and apply the school’s policy for H&S (frolic)Take reasonable care for own safety and that of othersPass on guilty knowledge – on anything that could cause harm, damage or injuryDo what is within their power to prevent further harmNot interfere or misuse items for health and safetyApply the common law duty of care…… show reasonable forethought (common sense)
18 Effective use and management of coaches – advice to schools – the handout.
19 Support staff (Workforce Reform Regulations 2003) “Specified work (i.e. teaching) may not be carried out by a person in a school unless s/he holds QTS or satisfy the specific requirements…” (Education Act 2003, s133).HLTAs, sports coaches and other suitable adults may teach classes or groups in timetabled physical education.Provided they:only assist or support the work of a nominated teacher in school;are subject to the direction and supervision of a nominated teacher;have satisfied the head teacher, through a risk assessment, that they have the skills,experience and expertise required to carryout the specified work.(SP 2008 – chapter 4 and Appendix 3)
20 “Supervision and direction” – the implications for schools. Management: (coach entitlement from school)safe recruitment,initial assessment,induction,information about pupils, procedures, routines and standards,regular communication,risk assessments,shared/monitored planning,monitoring competence,professional development.
21 Summary of responsibilities when a school contracts with an agency It is the responsibility of the school to:Agree the programme with the Agency in writingVerify the Agency has undertaken the required checksDesignate a teacher to manage and be the point of contact with the coachProvide a comprehensive induction programme for the coach, specific to the school, that includes as a minimum:Accident and emergency proceduresFire evacuation proceduresDismissal arrangements for pupils (after school sport activities)Rewards and sanctionsStandard procedures and routines e.g. personal effects, carrying equipmentChild protection arrangementsDress (pupils and coach)Any medical or emotional issues relating to pupilsRegistration arrangementsMonitoring and evaluation proceduresSigning in arrangementsProcedures for canceling a sessionRisk assessment issues (courtesy of Northants CC PE Adviser)
22 The Role of the Adult Supporting Learning (ASL) S/he should:have an appropriate NBG qualification in the activity they deliver or equivalent in activities such as dance.(minimum NGB Level 2 to lead a session);be aware of and follow Local Authority and school policies;contact the school prior to the delivery, have a designated teacher allocated, agree the work programme and some school based inductionensure the sessions are pre-planned with clear learning objectives, matched to the schools’ scheme of work where appropriate ;ensure the facility, activities and equipment are suitable for the age, ability and size of the group;ensure the activities match the needs and abilities within the group;keep a formal record of sessions to aid future planning;participate fully in periods of supervision and monitoring activities;be aware of the school accident and emergency and fire procedures and inform the school of any incidents which occur;be aware of the of the school procedures for canceling sessions,complete required documentation e.g. registers, accident report forms.
23 The Role of an AgencyThe agency should ensure that their coaches have:a current National Governing Body (NGB) award usually (Level 2) or equivalent which enables the coach to deliver a session on their own.a valid enhanced CRB checkregistration with, and vetting completed by, the Independent Safeguarding Authority where appropriateattended a sport related, safeguarding course and Education Awareness trainingtwo references (one of which should be from a competent person who has witnessed the coach in action).appropriate experience of working with young people;the confidence, leadership skills, organisation/group management skills, control and discipline, communication skills and competence appropriate to the demands of the pupils and the activities to be delivered.Agencies should:ensure a satisfactory assessment of coaches through a formal application and interview process.agree a detailed service level agreement with the school to ensure that detailed expectations and provisions are discussed and built into the agreement (courtesy of Northants CC PE Adviser)
24 Competence and incompetence “to have the skills, knowledge, understanding and expertise necessary to plan, deliver and evaluate the pupils’ work in a context of appropriate challenge and a safe working environment.” (baalpe, 2004, page 29).Incompetence:“Where someone is not qualified or competent to undertake the responsibility placed on her/him, such as being required to take responsibility for pupils in physical education, but has been placed in that situation by the employer - or the employer’s representative such as a head teacher or agency manager - then the employer may be directly liable for negligence, as established in Jones versus Manchester Corporation, 1958 (2 QB 852) .”(Whitlam, 2004, page 25).
25 Competence?Articulate your base line of competence for an adult to be left alone to teach physical education. This is what determines direct (team teaching) or distant supervision (working alone) and impacts on high quality provision
26 Competence? expertise in the range of activities to be taught – i.e. technical knowledgeknowledge of progression safety issues rules, (case law)delivery of national curriculum process model (Education Acts) knowledge of the particular needs of the group(case law/NCPE PoS)observation and analysis skills to ensure thatwhat is going on is safe (HaSaWA s.7) good class control and group management (case law/STPC s.37)appropriate relationships – teaching childrennot coaching a sport(Common Core Skills/HLTA standards, DfES 2006 & afPE/ukSport ASLs 2006)Do your coaches meet this standard?