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Britain on the brink of becoming a permanently divided nation

The second annual State of the Nation Report which is published and laid before Parliament today from the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission (SMCP), shows that Britain is on the brink of becoming a permanently divided nation. The Report says that while a strong economic recovery and a record number of people in work are welcome, the social recovery needed to get Britain back on track to abolish child poverty has not happened. Instead it predicts 2020 is set to mark the end of the first decade since records began without a fall in absolute poverty. The Report...

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School Caretakers' asked a lot for little reward

There have been a number of letters lately from correspondents commenting on the politics of austerity, the inequality of the North-South divide, the receipt of benefit payments and out of touch MPs of all political persuasions. Here is a current extract from the T&A for a job in Bradford. “School Caretaker - Bradford. Salary: £0.93-£1.20 per hour. Candidate will have previous experience in school caretaker/maintenance role. Shift patterns may be split, access to a car would be an advantage. Responsibilities: Key holding; carrying out security procedures for buildings and grounds; opening...

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School Caretaker's e-cigarette explodes in office

An e-cigarette exploded at a primary school in south London today, setting fire to the caretaker's office. Investigators believe the e-cigarette was being charged using a computer and the wrong type of adapter. Around 320 staff and students were forced to evacuate the building at around 9:45 this morning on Wyvil Road in Lambeth. No-one was injured. The London Fire Brigade said "It’s extremely important the correct type of charger is used with e-cigarettes and other electrical products to prevent fires from starting, and never leave items like e-cigs on charge overnight while you’re...

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School Caretaker found dead in Liverpool has been identified

Police are investigating after the body of 54-year-old site manager Andy Gibson was found in a basement room at the Bluecoat School in Wavertree on Wednesday afternoon. The force say the death is being treated as unexplained. A letter sent home to parents from headteacher Debbie Silcock said: “I am very sorry to have to inform you that our site manager Mr Andy Gibson was found dead today in tragic circumstances on the school premises.”She said the school expressed their heartfelt sympathy to the family of Mr Gibson. A police spokesman said officers were called to the grammar...

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Derbyshire school fined after grandmother falls from stairs

A Derbyshire school has been prosecuted for safety failings after a pupil’s grandmother fell off the side of an unguarded staircase. Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court today (2 Oct) heard 68-year-old Christine Bywater had been at Repton School watching her grandson play football. She had gone to the pavilion for refreshments with the rest of her family but on leaving the building by the outside steps, she lost her balance when she moved from a wooden staircase to a stone one. Mrs Bywater, of Shrewsbury, fell over the parapet on the stone staircase to the ground some two metres below and...

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School Caretaker isolates attacking Rottweiler dog in Bransholme

A young girl was attacked by a dog outside St James' Primary School in Bransholme. The attack, which took place on Monday morning just outside St James' Primary School, was witnessed by a woman, whose nine-year-old son attends the Dorchester Road school. The concerned woman, who has asked not to be named, contacted the Mail over claims both the police and council's dog warden were informed of what had happened, but did not act quickly enough. The woman said: "I was taking my little boy to breakfast club, it was around 8.10am, when I noticed a loose Rottweiler. The school's...

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School Toilets - Washroom guide  SCHOOL TOILETS SchoolToilets.co.uk is a website designed to help you select the most suitable products for your school washroom environment. Developed by Cubicle Centre in... Read more
Infection Control Guide Research reveals that students receive about 20% of their environmental exposure in schools, accounting for a significant factor in the transfer of infections within the... Read more
Equality Act October 2010  EQUALITY Download the Equality Act 2010 Quick Start Guide for Employers. The Equality Act became law in October 2010. It replaces previous legislation (such as the Race... Read more
Generic Risk Assessments Below are a wide range of Generic Risk Assessments to download. Right Click on the link and choose 'save target as'. These are provided as a basis to adjust to your specific... Read more
Safeguarding - Every Child Matters "What would you do if a pupil started talking to you about iffy stuff happening at home?" Listen to the pupil until he/she has said their piece. Do not interrupt nor ask... Read more
Safety Guidelines for Ponds in School Grounds The following guidelines relate to the design, location and management of ponds within school grounds. These guidelines must be applied at the planning stage of new... Read more
Is your Line Manager a bully?  Is your Line Manager a bully? The difference between bullying and management and how to recognise a bullying manager. Many thanks to BullyOnline.org. Visit their website... Read more
Information: The British Institute of Cleaning Science The British Institute of Cleaning Science The British Institute of Cleaning Science, which has its headquarters in Northampton, is the largest professional and educational... Read more
Questions you might be asked at an interview Thanks to forum member Tex, he has put together some questions you might be asked at a job interview. Can you tell us why you chose to apply for this particular job?Can you... Read more
Bullying at Work - Definition Thanks to one of our forum members workaholic, he has provided some useful information about bullying in the workplace. Examples of bullying/harassing behaviour in... Read more
Contractors induction Pack Contractors Induction Pack  As a caretaker you will be working closely with all different types of contractor.  Contractors may work in many schools so they may not be... Read more
How to Combat Arson in Schools I'd like to introduce to you The Arson Reduction Team. The team does some fantastic work with schools trying to reduce the risk of arson attacks. They focus on 3 main areas,... Read more