Anger as most schools left out of combustible cladding ban

Teachers groups have rounded on the government for not banning the use of all combustible cladding on new schools in the wake of the deadly Grenfell Tower disaster. Tes reports.

Survivors and lobby groups had hoped for an outright ban on plastics, wood and products that include combustible materials such as aluminium composite in the external wall systems of all complex and high-rise buildings.

But on Monday the government confirmed the ban would only apply to new residential school buildings over 18 metres tall, as well as new hospitals, care homes and student accommodation of the same height.

“It is incomprehensible that there will not be a ban on combustible cladding on school buildings,” said Andrew Morris, Assistant General Secretary of the NEU union.

Julia Harnden, funding specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders said that combustible cladding “should be banned in all new school buildings regardless of the height of the building”.

“We have urged the government to undertake a full survey of the school estate to establish and log all buildings clad in materials which may be combustible so that we can better understand any fire risks and take appropriate action.”

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