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You're required to maintain a risk register – but it's much more than an annual tick box exercise. Use our template and follow our guidance to stay on top of the risks facing your trust.

Download our template

You must maintain a risk register, but there are no specified requirements for the format.

A risk register is a document that allows you and your trustees to plan for, track and monitor key risks and risk controls across the trust.

Our template is based on the Education and Skills Funding Agency's (ESFA) guidance on monitoring risk (see section 2.4), and work with our associate expert Angela Browne.

Risk register template for trusts

Tips to create your register

Focus on your trust's strategic objectives

Look at the priorities in your trust-wide strategy and school improvement plans, then record for each one:

  • The risks that could prevent you from achieving them
  • The likelihood of these threats, and their predicted impact on the objective
  • The controls in place to mitigate these threats

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