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Cleaning roundup: A look at school hygiene protocols around the world

New school cleaning methods have been introduced in Germany, it has been revealed. The guidelines for school cleaning are set out as part of the DIN (Deutsche Industrie Norm ~ German Industry Standards), which translates into ‘Cleaning services for school premises’. It is a set of regulations that have been in existence for ten years

Date posted: 18th Nov 2015

Posted In: Secondary Education

Cleaning roundup news: The truth about hand washing

People fail to wash hands Many people across the world are putting themselves and others in danger by failing to wash their hands properly, according to new findings. A report published by WIN/Gallup International has revealed that one in three people across the world fail to wash their hands. The vast majority (65 per cent)

Date posted: 28th Oct 2015

Posted In: Secondary Education

News roundup: The impact of cleaning on health and hygiene

Education It is possible for schools to cut their cleaning budgets and still safeguard the health and well-being of the pupils that attend that organisation. A blog by Denis Rawlins Ltd said that many budget-conscious school and college managers are able to cut their cleaning budgets and still save money. The problem is however that

Date posted: 21st Oct 2015

Posted In: Secondary Education

New street cleaning campaign launched in London

The Chewing Gum Action Group (CGAG) has launched its national campaign to reduce gum litter, starting with Oxford Street, one of the busiest streets in London. In previous years the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs has claimed that for every ten pieces of gum chewed, seven will end up on the ground. Further to this,

Date posted: 1st Oct 2015

Posted In: Secondary Education

Summer maintenance tips for schools

Nowadays many schools will be busy preparing for the start of the new school year in September. Although school is shut for the summer, there are still many preparations that teachers will need to make for the year ahead. Therefore, it makes sense that schools start preparing themselves sooner, rather than later. Below, we have

Date posted: 14th Jul 2015

Posted In: Secondary Education

School cleaner celebrates 20-year milestone

A dedicated cleaner has hit the headlines after celebrating 20 years of working for a school in his area. During his two decades of working at a school, Walter Oxendale has not had a single day off sick and has played a central role in maintaining Hull Collegiate School in Anlaby. His working day typically

Date posted: 30th Apr 2015

Posted In: Secondary Education

Schools to save more money via copyright licensing changes

New copyright agreements are set to free up more money to go towards improving the appearance and maintenance of educational facilities, it has been announced. The Department for Education (DfE) has unveiled an initiative in which the government will hold music copyright licences centrally, freeing schools from the burden of applying for them independently. This

Date posted: 17th Apr 2015

Posted In: Secondary Education

Govt to pump millions into new schools

The government is pumping more money into schools in the north-east which are set to receive their share of £33 million, it has been revealed. Education Secretary Nicky Morgan and schools minister David Laws has announced that over 100 schools will benefit from the scheme, which is designed to boost building improvements and expansion projects.

Date posted: 2nd Apr 2015

Posted In: Secondary Education

Large rats infesting British schools

There have been a number of reports in the media lately about the importance of improving standards in schools. Much of the focus has centred around exam results, assessments and the quality of teaching. However, the appearance and maintenance of schools has not received nearly as much attention. This is resulting in many school buildings

Date posted: 27th Feb 2015

Posted In: Secondary Education

Dfe lacks oversight into failing schools, MPs claim

There is a lack of oversight and effective procedure in many schools, particularly those which are troubled, a group of MPs have claimed. The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) claimed that the Department for Education (DfE) lacks basic knowledge about the performance in individual schools. It also claimed the DfE is neglecting to measure how effective

Date posted: 30th Jan 2015

Posted In: Secondary Education

The number of underperforming secondary schools rises

The number of state secondary schools said to be underperforming has doubled, it has been revealed. School performance data released by the Department for Education – based on last summer's exam results – showed that around 330 schools failed to get 40 per cent of pupils gaining five good GCSEs including English and maths, and

Date posted: 29th Jan 2015

Posted In: Secondary Education

Should litter awareness be taught as part of the curriculum?

Teaching children about the importance of cleaning up litter and taking responsibility, is essential if we want to maintain our streets and encourage young people to respect their local environment. Therefore, it is the role of local authorities, school teachers and parents to ensure that children are encouraged at every opportunity to become aware of

Date posted: 22nd Dec 2014

Posted In: Secondary Education