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Last year, SecEd carried a spe- fairly widespread, but since then claimed that seemingly innocuous
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claimed the life of a young teacher to ensure that staff and students are “Most local authorities have support staff and students at risk of
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in Lancashire last week, once again not put at risk by the buildings in now carried out surveys on schools, exposure.
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raising concerns at the thousands which they work. and provided the material is in good At its national conference in
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legal protection afforded to UK schools that are thought to John Evans is consultancy condition and not at risk of getting March, the union’s members voted in our scho
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teachers who use force in the
contain the potentially deadly director in the Inspection and damaged, there is no risk of it caus- unanimously in favour of charging
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view a great under-estimate. Even if and authorities is the key to moni-
Out on the
true, however, it is still monstrously toring risk. Also, good strong
unacceptable.” lines of communications between
SecEd’s report last year found authorities, schools, and any exter-
campaign
that an estimated 13,000 of 24,000 nal contractors carrying out work
schools in the UK have ageing on the school should ensure that no
asbestos-containing materials in danger surfaces.
trail
them. It is thought that 21 teach- “School management teams
ers died of mesothelioma between must also ensure that maintenance
1980 and 1985, whereas 69 died staff in schools have access to the
between 1996 and 2000. findings of the asbestos report.”
New term rules!
Rachel Betty Asbestos also made headlines We asked Mr Evans what teach-
wants to see in America this week when a high ers and heads could do if they are
We offer a range of advice
the minimum school teacher received a one- concerned about a possible asbestos
this week on starting the
wage raised year probationary sentence after risk in their schools.
new term – whether that
for under-18s. unknowingly allowing students to He said: “If schools have any
The Newcastle remove asbestos-laden tiles from concerns that the information in
be dealing with the new
student is one a school building during a school their asbestos report is not reli-
class, starting a new role, or
of the members of clean-up project. able, then ask for a re-survey. Also,
handling stress
Battlefront, a new Mr Roberts added: “Asbestos is schools that are known to contain
Pages 12, 13 and 14 initiative that is focusing never safe; fibres are always liable asbestos should make sure that they
on the campaigning work to be released by flood, by fire, are checked out every six to 12
Online reporting
of young people aged 14 to by accidental damage, by ignorant months to monitor its condition.
21 across the country. Their contractors, by deliberate vandal- “The Health and Safety Executive
We hear from Becta about
campaigns include issues like ism. Only the complete removal offers a number of publications that
the new duties on schools to
knife crime and self-harm. of all asbestos will do. Only the offer guidance on the management
implement online reporting
Organisers are now looking complete removal of all asbestos, of asbestos, and many local authori-
for another campaigner to as it has been in the buildings of ties also offer courses for heads,
and look at one school that is
join their ranks. parliament, will make our schools deputy heads and teachers.”
already ahead of the game
and colleges safe for the future.” For more information, visit
Page 10 • For details, see page 2. However, Mr Evans told us: www.connaught.plc.uk, www.atl.
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