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Should we be using school buildings that are ‘not fit for purpose’?

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Oct 15, 2018.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    Some of the conditions would be what you would expect of some structures described in the third world, but heads in the UK are complaining that they are teaching in buildings with leaks, asbestos issues, cramped conditions and crumbling walls:

    ‘More than two-thirds of England's schools have buildings that are "not fit for purpose", the results of a new survey suggest.

    The research by Tes and the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) found headteachers warning that they are teaching children in buildings with leaks, crumbling walls and asbestos issues.

    The vast majority (88 per cent) of the 221 state-school heads in England surveyed say funding pressures have forced them to cut routine building maintenance, storing up further problems for the future.

    ASCL's general secretary Geoff Barton said the survey’s findings revealed a “state of national decay in our school buildings”.’

    What are your views about the state of our crumbling schools? Are you surprised by the amount of school building stock that has been left in this condition? Do you know of schools that have been forced to close certain buildings because of the perilous state they are in? Are you working in a school with building issues? How does your school cope with buildings that are in bad condition? Do you think this has affected the pupils’ ability to learn effectively?

  2. maggie m

    maggie m Lead commenter

    Well the roof of our main hall leaks, it has done for the last 5 years. The new build class room block has lots of problems, heating doesn't work, doors jam, windows don't open, flooring lifting. Its depressing for everyone. The whole place could do with a lick of paint oh and the toilets are a disgrace.
  3. Jolly_Roger15

    Jolly_Roger15 Star commenter

    It is not just the quality of the buildings put up but also their unsuitability for their intended purposes. After becoming an academy, several new buildings went up at my last school, among which were a new canteen, which to us seemed to be built on its side, as it was spacious vertically but cramped horizontally; and a 'community theatre', which was supposed to be used as a drama studio and for school assemblies, but as it was too small to seat a year group, and when drama was dropped from the curriculum, it became storage space for the trampoline until the roof started leaking.
  4. hammie

    hammie Lead commenter

    Or a class room that is so long and thin (with the shiny and expensive small IWB installed off centre on one of the long walls) that only half the class can see the board at one time however they are sat. But never mind it looks cool from outside, what with it's pyramid structure and lego brick colours.
  5. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    I remember an OfSTED inspection (about 20 years ago) where, on day 1, the PE inspector declared the school's only gym to be 'unsafe' and forbid any lessons to take place there until the faults were rectified... :eek:
    hammie likes this.
  6. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    Should we be using school buildings that are ‘not fit for purpose’?

    Should we be using anything that's not fit for purpose? (This is a rhetorical question and the answer is NO!}
  7. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    funny how many of these posts are about new buildings.

    My last school was totally brand new, and not fit for purpose in any way. Dangerous, impractical, and useless

    looks brilliant though
    blazer likes this.
  8. Jolly_Roger15

    Jolly_Roger15 Star commenter

    You could be describing my last school, @dunnocks! It was a triumph of style over function. It looked good to passing traffic though.
  9. CarrieV

    CarrieV Lead commenter

    We have a large crack down the hall wall, apparently it’s not dangerous yet!

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