Schools emergency planning

You can use the Schools Emergency Plan Guidance (PDF) and the Emergency Plan Template (DOC) documents to develop an effective response should an incident affect your school, on or off site. See Schools Lockdown Procedures (PDF) for further guidance on lockdowns.

National guidance for the management of outdoor learning, off-site visits and learning outside the classroom can be found on the Outdoor Education Advisers' Panel (OEAP) website.

If you have any queries, please contact your Area Schools Officer or the Emergency Management and Resilience Team by email at

Bespoke school support

If you want assurance that your school can cope effectively with disruption, irrespective of the incident type for example flooding, a bomb threat or an incident which results in a lockdown being implemented, the Emergency Management and Resilience Team can develop a bespoke solution for you. We provide advice, planning, training and exercising support to devise and validate resilience arrangements against recognised industry and good practice standards. We can deliver realistic, emergency, desktop exercise scenarios based on our team's substantial, direct experience of supporting schools when incidents occur.

You are invited to contact the Emergency Management and Resilience Team by email at to find out more information and to determine an accurate price based on your school's specific needs. This cost is based on a recovery of officer time.

More information is also available through the Services for Schools portal.

Save the Children Lesson Plans

Some Surrey Schools were affected by the Flooding in 2013/14 and so subsequently took part in learning events to help emergency response professionals to learn from their experiences in emergencies.

For further information about the project, please see the: Save the Children website.

As part of this learning process Save the Children have designed a Preparing for Emergencies Schools Workshop and Lesson Plan Toolkit for use in schools to make sure that children are prepared for emergencies. These aim to build children's knowledge, resilience and to ensure their voices are heard in emergency planning and response. These resources can be used to support PSHE, Geography and the Science lessons curriculum.

So why not take a look and consider using them within your Schools curriculum?

Files available to download