SafeSchools was initially developed in 2011, as a website that provided information to school managers about how to develop an effective school lockdown procedure. The findings of a research project, completed by Andy Evans that year, indicated that the quality of procedures was particularly poor, and as a gesture of thanks to all schools who had participated in the research a "How to develop school lockdown procedures.” guide was written and placed on the website for school managers to download at no cost.
Andy Evans BSc.(Hons), MMgt(OSH) is the driving force behind SafeSchools. He has eighteen years of teaching experience gained in the UK and NZ. He left teaching in 2013 to commence a role as a health and safety consultant and trainer with one of New Zealand's leading safety companies. During the past two and a half years he has worked with many of New Zealand's largest organisations, assisting them with critical risk management, accident investigations and the review of systems and procedures.
It was always Andy's intention to return to SafeSchools and develop it further. Recent comments in the press that the new health and safety legislation may bring an end to school trips has compelled him to act, Andy is now on a mission, not only to ensure that school trips continue, but that schools themselves are as safe as they can be.