Schools around the UK are in a poor state of repair, with new research from the NASUWT Teachers’ Union highlighting some of the main issues facing educational establishments.
One problem that was cited by 71 per cent of the teachers surveyed were signs of leaks, damp or mould within their school buildings, while 55 per cent said the same of their classroom.
In addition, 77 per cent of teachers claimed that their classroom isn’t a comfortable temperature all year round, but that they didn’t have the ability to control it themselves.
Damp and mould can be a serious issue not only for the buildings themselves, but also for the health of the teachers and pupils who spend hours of their day in these conditions.
It appears that calling in a damp specialist in London would be prudent for any schools where this is a problem, however small, to prevent it from getting worse. Given that 58 per cent of the teaching staff surveyed said that the condition of their school buildings had worsened since they’d started working there, it’s clearly something that needs to be addressed.
General secretary of the NASUWT Chris Keates commented: “Our children and young people deserve a learning environment which enhances their experience and provides them with the fit for purpose spaces and facilities they need and deserve.”
Schools may also find that by contacting a specialist who can help them with basement waterproofing, they are able utilise previously unusable spaces. This could be an excellent way to introduce more storage space and free up other rooms for teaching and other activities.