In England, the risk for school building to collapse has been raised from ‘unlikely’ to ‘very likely’. This finding is based on a recent survey which found that almost one-third of schools in England were at risk of structural damage. The survey also revealed that most of these structures are over 60 years old and have not recently undergone significant updates or repairs.
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The government has responded by launching an initiative to help schools identify potential risks and address them where necessary. In addition, funding has also been made available to help schools cover the costs associated with making their buildings safer.
Schools across England are encouraged to take advantage of this initiative by regularly checking their buildings and ensuring they meet appropriate safety standards. By doing this, they can ensure the safety of their students, staff and public members who may use the premises.
The government is also urging local authorities to take responsibility for preventing school building collapses by ensuring that buildings are regularly inspected and any necessary repairs or renovations are carried out promptly. The Department for Education has stated that it will continue to monitor school building safety levels across England and advise local authorities on what needs to be done to keep schools safe.
Schools have been reminded not to put off essential maintenance work to save money. Building inspections must be carried out regularly as part of an overall risk management strategy so any issues can be addressed before they become serious.
By increasing awareness and making funds available to ensure school building safety, the risks of buildings collapsing in England can be reduced significantly. This will help protect students and staff and benefit local communities. With the right approach, schools across England can remain safe for years.
What do you think of the risk levels? How can the government ensure safety?