William Eichler 17 August 2021

Unions call for better ventilation in schools to reduce COVID disruption

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Education unions have today written to Gavin Williamson urging the Government to take action to improve ventilation in schools to reduce further COVID disruption.

The unions – the National Education Union (NEU), NASUWT, Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), GMB, Unison and Unite – say proper measures to increase airflow in time for the start of the next academic year will make a difference to health and limit the damage to learning for pupils.

‘The NASUWT believes that CO2 monitors should be in place in every school as part of an effective Covid safety response,’ said Dr Patrick Roach, general secretary of NASUWT.

‘Many teachers are still working in rooms which have the windows sealed shut, yet we now know that good ventilation is a key mitigation in helping to reduce the spread of Covid and other viruses in indoor environments.

‘Given the recent warnings we have heard from the Chief Medical Officer that the autumn and winter could be a very difficult period again for the country, it’s important that pre-emptive action is taken in schools.

‘A commitment from ministers to a fund to provide enhanced ventilation, monitoring and support with air filtration would be an extremely positive move. It would be reassuring to those working within our schools and be reassuring for many parents.’

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