Duty of Care

  • #UKEdChat session 534
  • What ‘duty of care’ do schools have to their communities, and beyond?
  • Schools can bring a little light to those in need.
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At the time of writing schools are about to close for the winter break, sending students and staff home after a year like no other. With so many in need at Christmas time, exacerbated this year by the pandemic. There is some Government support (seemingly begrudging support in the case of free meals over the winter break for some children), but this is unlikely to be enough for many struggling. With the UN agency UNICEF feeding children in the UK for the first time in its 70 year history, even small individual actions to help may make a difference.

There are excellent examples where schools support their pupils, their families, the community and the world beyond. We hope that in this final #UKEdChat of the year that our community share their ideas for supporting those in need, and provide a little light in the darkest days of winter.

In this #UKEdChat discussion, which took place on Thursday 17th December 2020 at 8pm(UK) we discussed what are the biggest needs in your community, how schools can play a vital role in helping, and what schools can do to support their pupils in difficult times.


  1. In a tweet, what does ‘duty of care’ mean to you?
  2. What is the individual teacher’s role in duty of care?
  3. How can schools best identify the individual care needs of pupils?
  4. What duty of care do you feel schools should have towards the wider community?
  5. How can schools help with charitable giving? Do schools have a moral duty to get involved?
  6. Share your experiences with schools helping to solve community issues and supporting charities.
  7. How can schools avoid drawing charitable funds from the very communities they seek to help?
  8. How have or will you and your school support those in need this festival season?

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