‘Stopgap’ attitude to asbestos in schools must end

Unions call for more action as 1 in 5 schools found not to be managing asbestos ‘in line’ with government guidance, TES is reporting.

A teaching union has called for a programme to remove asbestos from school buildings, arguing that “managing” the substance is not a solution.

The survey, to which 19,522 schools responded, around four in five (81-84 per cent) of England’s school buildings have asbestos somewhere on their site.

A Department for Education spokesperson said: “Being able to teach and learn in a safe school environment is non-negotiable, which is why it is so reassuring to see how seriously schools and local authorities are taking their responsibilities on asbestos.”

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