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Call for maximum temperature in Scottish classrooms

From BBC - January 3, 2018

A teaching union has called for a maximum temperature to be set in Scottish schools.

The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), believes too much heat can cause fatigue, loss of concentration, impaired learning experiences and increased risk of accidents.

Currently a school can be too cold for pupils, but not too warm.

Pupils can be sent home if their classrooms do not reach the minimum temperature, but there is no maximum.

Now the country's largest teaching union has called on the Scottish government to establish a maximum acceptable temperature in Scotland's schools.

Workplace regulations exist regarding a minimum acceptable temperature (16C, or 13C where rigorous physical effort is taking place) but there is no equivalent for maximum temperature.

The EIS wants a maximum temperature established in schools in the interest of the health and wellbeing of pupils and staff.

The union has included the recommendation in its response to a Scottish government consultation on Updating the School Premises (General Requirements and Standards) (Scotland) Regulations.

EIS general secretary Larry Flanagan said: "Too much heat can cause fatigue, tiredness and loss of concentration which can lead to increased accident risks and impaired learning experiences for children and young people.

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