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Excessive classroom temperatures - NASUWT

Excessive classroom temperatures - NASUWT

1. IntroductionThe

1. IntroductionThe NASUWT has campaigned on the issue of excessive classroom temperaturesfor many years, arguing that the absence of an enforceable maximum temperatureenables employers and school managers to neglect their obligations to staff andpupils working in unhealthily hot conditions where effective teaching and learningis impossible.In 2010, NASUWT National Conference passed the following motion:Conference instructs the National Executive to mount a campaign, togetherwith TUC affiliates, aimed at publicising the need for legislation in this area andcalls on the Health and Safety Executive and Government to introduce amaximum working temperature in line with the World Health Organizationrecommendations and to report the outcome of the campaign to Conference2012.2. HSE call for evidence on excessive temperaturesIn 2010, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) called for evidence on the subjectof excessive temperatures in schools and colleges. The NASUWT provided adetailed response, quoting from evidence provided by over 5,000 teachers andschool leaders. The Union drew attention to the fact that over 94% of respondentsworked in excessively high temperatures during the summer, with 41% doing sooften or very often.3. The 2011 campaign on excessive classroom temperaturesIn England and Wales, a temperature monitoring campaign ran for four weeksfrom 13 June to 8 July 2011. In Scotland and Northern Ireland, due to the differenttiming of the summer break, the campaign ran for two weeks from 13 June to 24June 2011.Early in May 2011, teachers were contacted to seek their participation in thecampaign.At the beginning of June, the Union wrote to all teachers who had volunteered toparticipate in the survey, enclosing a personalised temperature monitoring form(Appendix 1) and an NASUWT thermometer (Appendix 2).3

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