In 2017 the National Audit Office reported that school buildings are in such bad condition that it would cost £6.7 billion to return all school buildings to satisfactory or better condition, and a further £7.1 billion to bring parts of school buildings from satisfactory to good condition.
For every teacher that dies another nine pupils are expected to develop mesothelioma.
Since 1980 at least 363 school teaching professionals have died of mesothelioma in Britain. The rate of deaths has risen from 3 per year in 1980 to 19 per year in 2016.
Mesothelioma can take between 15 and 60 years to develop.
What is the AMAP survey?
Between 2018 and 2019 the Department for Education launched a voluntary survey to collect information about how asbestos was being managed in schools. It was called the Asbestos Management Assurance Process (AMAP).
It was expected to take three months but was eventually extended three times due to low sign-up rates. This is now the most comprehensive record of asbestos in Englands schools. Only 88% of Englands schools responded to the survey (Independent schools and Children’s centres were not asked to take part in the survey).
The AMAP shows that 81% of England’s schools still contain asbestos. 676 schools were referred to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) due to concerns about their response to the survey. The Department of Education has refused to release the results of the survey at an individual school level so parents, pupils and school staff are still unable to identify which schools contain asbestos.
The AMAP survey remains open, which you can see here.
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Help protect children and teachers from asbestos exposure in school. We need as many people as possible to sign our petition.
A Healthy Education
To find out more about asbestos in schools and how to manage it safely please visit this site
If you are a member of staff with concerns about asbestos in your school please contact your union safety rep, or your Union representative in the Joint Union Asbestos Committee (all of the schools unions are represented and campaigning collectively for the removal of asbestos from schools)
If you are a parent with concerns about asbestos in your school please speak to your school directly. You can also contact the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).