The dangers of risk assessment
The question perhaps is not whether they are over-egging the pudding but whether they are teaching granny to suck eggs. Certainly a document stretching to 247 paragraphs - and that's before readers get to a variety of model forms and three annexes - leaves nothing to chance. And in these litigious and risky times, perhaps that is unavoidable.
But, as ever, teachers will need to have training and support in making the appropriate risk assessments - which, as our regular columnist Brian Toner pointed out last month, "only formalises the judgments we once made informally".