Last week’s report from Public Accounts Committee has also detailed that a large number of schools have not reported back to the Department for Education on the prevalence, condition and management of asbestos on their property. The DfE have extended the deadline for a third time, allowing schools until the 15th of February next month to reply.
The committee questioned whether the poor response rate may be related to schools reluctance to announce their management of asbestos publically, without the adequate funding to handle it. The Department responded by stating that ensuring adequate funding to deal with asbestos would be a ‘top priority’.
Among those scrutinised by the committee was the interim CEO of Bright Tribe, who detailed that that asbestos management across the trust was previously ‘not as it should have been’.
Governors and trustees should be aware of their statutory obligations to ensure that the school site is managed effectively.