‘There is NO plan’ Schools call for Government guidelines on how to act in ...

Schools have called for guidelines on what to do in a terror attackAFPSchools have called for guidelines on what to do in a terror attack

In the wake of recent terror attacks in London and Manchester headteachers are urging the Government to advise them. 

Some schools have introduced procedures instructing teachers to lock themselves and pupils in classrooms to keep them safe. 

But there are currently no national guidelines on what a school should do if it becomes caught up in a terror attack. 

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NASUWT says the Government should make the plans a key priority and should not be left to ad hoc arrangements

The National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) says the Government should make the plans “a key priority” and should not be left to “ad hoc” arrangements. 

Many schools have fire evacuation procedures in place and protocols for unknown visitors and intruders but lack terror guidelines. 

But the Government insists schools should develop their own terror plan with the help of police and councils. 

The Department for Education told TES all schools should have their own plan “which they can help develop with the help of local police forces and their local authority”. 

During the recent London Bridge attack, the Metropolitan Police used the “run, hide, tell” warning for the first time. 

Met Police issued the alert on social media warning people to run away from the threat rather than current or attempt to negotiate. 

People were told if they could not run to hide and turn their phone to silent before calling police. 

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