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School charges pupils for work experience checks.

School charges pupils for work experience checks.

Health and safety chiefs have slammed a Devon school charging students to go on work experience placements for “perpetuating mistruths” about “compulsory health and safety checks”.

According to the UK’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) there is no legal reason for schools to carry out health and safety checks for work placements, the “employer who is taking on the student for work experience has the primary responsibility for their health and safety”.

Bideford College sent a letter home to parents at the end of November asking parents of students looking to take on a placement to pay £33 for “compulsory health and safety checks.

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