Calls for DfE advice on lockdowns as more schools adopt the anti-terror measure

The Tes reports that teaching unions and security experts demand government guidance on school lockdowns in the event of a terrorist attack.

Security experts and teaching unions are calling for the government to give schools information about how or whether they should practise lockdown procedures.

Recent terror attacks at home and abroad have prompted a growing number of schools in England to introduce plans to lock teachers and pupils in classrooms to keep them safe in the event of a terrorist incident.

The DfE says that all schools should have their own emergency plans, “which they can develop with the help of local police forces and their local authority”, and stresses that it provides guidance to help schools plan and respond effectively to emergencies.

The DfE online guidance for schools covers putting together a “generic” emergency plan and makes no mention of lockdown procedures.

Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT teaching union, said: “The safety of children and staff in schools should be a key priority for the government. Their health and wellbeing cannot be left to ad hoc arrangements.

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