About Handsam Ltd

Our expertise and experience covers every aspect of compliance, including governance, health and safety, incident recording and reporting, trip planning, policy writingtraining and financial compliance.

Our unique online management systems bring security and certainty to our clients along with the benefits of ease of management, access 24/7, transparent responsibility, straightforward reporting, auto-archiving and the knowledge that the information they contain is kept up-to-date by our panel of experts, ensuring you don't have to spend hours trying to find the correct information on a topic.

Our clients include Local Authorities, some of the biggest academy trusts in the country, small MATs, individual academies and maintained schools and a wide range of independent schools.

Our mission is to help you manage your compliance monitoring regime armed with the correct information to be able to deliver it on time and on budget.

The Handsam Story

Originally founded in 2000 as Quick Guides Publishing by Dr Chris Lowe CBE, a former Head Teacher and legal secretary and President of SHA (now ASCL), and then incorporated in 2008, Handsam Ltd is a leading provider of compliance consultancy services, online management systems, support and advice to the UK Education sector.

While our name is an acronym for 'Health and Safety Management', our specialisms include governance, financial compliance, trips and training as well as health and safety. We have expertise in Security, Fire, Asbestos, Legionella, Planning School Trips, Human Resources and Employment Law and Data Protection. We are renowned for bringing innovative, 21st century solutions to the kinds of problems which you need solving – and sometimes for those you never even knew you had!

Through our team of leading experts and specialists, Handsam also offers consultancy, troubleshooting and full audits of new or existing buildings, premises and facilities, health and safety seminars, a regular email update service, plus policy writing and disaster emergency planning.

Our online systems include a diarised Health and Safety management system, an Accident Recording and Reporting module, an e-Training module to keep track of staff training and qualifications, and a School Trip Planning system. They are all designed to assist Heads/Principals, Bursars or Business Managers, Site/Facilities Managers, managers of First Aid and Medicines and School Governors.

Our systems offer our clients, information, compliance management, diarisation, transparent responsibility, audit trails and, importantly, peace of mind for leaders, directors, trustees, CEOs and managers.

Handsam Ltd assists thousands of clients, at affordable prices, with a list of successes that grows every day.

The Handsam Ethos

We Are Your Safety Net

Handsam Ltd is an education-specific organisation which helps schools, academies and Trusts to manage themselves efficiently and effectively, according to the many laws and regulations which apply to them - keeping them safe from accidents, inspection issues, legal challenges and financial concerns.

Our aim is to give schools a helping hand by providing the support and advice they need. Our unrivalled panel of experts can cover every aspect of compliance guidance and we can also provide training and deliver online management solutions - all within a budget which is realistic for the smallest of schools or the most challenging of circumstances.

We are here to help you understand your compliance requirements and evidence them. This will help you achieve the best possible OFSTED outcome and keep your staff and students safe, happy and able to teach and learn to the best of their abilities.

Our education sector experience is unrivalled, while our clients value highly the support of our 'safety net' systems, advice and expertise upon which they can draw. Our support services cover every corner of school management from topics as varied as Safeguarding to Data Protection, governance compliance to school trips, investigating accidents to asbestos, safety in Science and risk assessments to dealing with pests or human intruders.

We offer a range of services and management systems which allow our clients to build a bespoke, on-going package of support which suits their needs. This package can be amended at the end of each contract period (minimum contract period of two years) and you can always add more on-going or one-off services at any point while you are a Handsam Ltd client.

We work with individual schools of all types and some of the largest Multi-academy Trusts in the country, as well as many new and growing trusts. Please contact us to discuss your particular circumstances and requirements.

Working with Groups of Schools

Whether your organisation is a Local Authority or an Multi-Academy Trust, Handsam Ltd have the systems and services which can help you support all of your schools, no matter where they are and enable you to manage any scenario via our unique dashboards.

Handsam's unique solutions help Academy Trusts and Local Authorities manage multiple sites, keep centralised records and report incidents to enable the evidencing of compliance and record keeping in relation to areas such as:


  • Health and safety

  • Governance

  • Training (including a unique online health and safety training package)

  • Financial compliance

  • School trip planning

  • Accident reporting

  • Business continuity plans

  • Critical incident and emergency planning

  • Policy writing

  • Business Managers’ compliance

  • Audits (health and safety, skills, pre-conversion, pre-OFSTED)

  • Consultancy such as creating school or Trust-wide travel plans or managing resources


Through utilisation of our unique Trust dashboard you can benefit from live management information across all of your sites, available to you at the click of a mouse to help you benchmark performance, make decisions and interventions in any academy, wherever you may actually be at that moment.

We work with Trusts to support each individual academy as well as central head office to ensure both compliance and excellent governance are achieved, recorded and evidenced to the satisfaction of any inspectorate. The Handsam management systems will keep all Trust locations fully compliant throughout each academic year and will reduce risks, cost and workload, while increasing protection and security for the premises, staff and students – and allow you to manage compliance at the click of a mouse.

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