Compliance in Education: Why is it Important?
Do you need to make sure your school is in compliance with governmental guidelines? If not, why not?
There is an often overlooked area of teacher training that many schools forget altogether, and that is their compliance training. Compliance training protects you from the wrath of the governing bodies, so even though is seems long and drawn out, it could save your schools reputation and prevent fines for incorrect procedures. Without compliance training, your teaching staff and school workers do not know what needs to be done and when. They are lost without rules which are set out to make their lives easier.
Compliance in education means making sure you run a tight ship that promotes a positive environment of nurturing and learning. If you fall behind on your responsibilities, HSE have the right to fine you, or worse. Schools that are routinely found out of compliance will eventually have their doors closed. Teachers and educators that non-compliance can be traced to stand to lose their jobs. Non-compliance is a serious matter and it could tarnish your educational establishment’s reputation. Luckily for us there is a simple fix: training.
This article is all about compliance training, including what it is and why it is so important in the education sector.
What is Compliance Training
Compliance training is the study of the laws, regulations, guidelines, and policies that relate to your line of work. In the education sector, compliance relates to filing paperwork, managing your taxes as a private institution, and other regulatory compliance. For example, schools must have complete adherence to health and safety, fire safety, and GDPR policies, or they risk hefty fines.
Compliance training takes your school workers and talks them through what they need to know to maintain full compliance in your school. This might mean environmental health practices in the cafeteria, or it might be an understanding of allergen awareness. It could mean an overseer for training sessions, making sure each member of staff was up-to-date with things like safeguarding training. It might mean the implementation of policies that will assist your children’s wellbeing, or that will teach your staff how to spot mental ill health.
The point is that we use school compliance training to keep your staff informed. Without it, we risk not filing the correct paperwork, or our student’s educations being interrupted while we mess about with paperwork. Compliance training teaches staff what they need to be aware of and how they can achieve better care for their students.
Why is Compliance Training Important in Education?
For a start, making sure you are compliant in all things avoids legal issues. If you are non-compliant, you may be fined or taken to court. Compliance training highlights other training needs to your staff, which in turn helps your students stay safe. Compliance training creates a safe working environment where the education board doesn’t have to step in. It helps you to put correct procedures and policies in place so that, should the worst happen, everyone knows what to do.
It protects our children, and for that it is worth its weight in gold.