DEREGULATION OF HEALTH AND SAFETY
PUTS PUPILS AND STAFF AT RISK
The Coalition Government’s attacks on health and safety provisions are jeopardising the quality of educational provision for children and young people, representatives at the Annual Conference of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union, will assert today.
A motion condemning the Coalition Government’s attacks on vital health and safety provisions is due to be debated at the Conference in Birmingham.
The motion condemns the repeal of the School Premises Regulations, reclassifying schools as low-risk environments and leaving children at risk of being educated in disused offices, shops and factories. Other vital protections to prevent overcrowding and to ensure a healthy learning environment have also been removed.
The NASUWT’s 2014 Big Question survey found that nearly four in ten (38%) of teachers said their buildings were not fit for pupils and over a third (34%) said they were not fit to teach in.
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
“Since coming to office, the Coalition Government has continually trivialised the importance of health and safety, claiming that it has imposed unnecessary bureaucratic burdens on schools.
“The simple truth is that the deregulation of health and safety was part of the Coalition’s strategy to make schools more financially attractive for take-over by private sponsors and external organisations.
“This is another example of where ideologically driven policy takes precedence over the health, welfare and needs of pupils and staff.”