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Wear goggles when using Blu-Tack: the safety rules ruining education

Friday 19 June 2009

Wear Goggles When Using Blu-Tack: The Safety Rules Ruining Education

‘Staff told how they had been subjected to a series of increasingly bizarre guidelines to stop schools being sued in the event of an accident. A teacher said one school ordered adults and children to wear goggles when using Blu-Tack. Another told how a school banned them from using spray foam when marking out spaces in case a child slips and "drowns" in it.

And at one primary school, a three-legged race was dropped from sports day because it was too dangerous. The disclosures are made in a survey of almost 600 school staff by Teachers’ TV. Almost half of those polled said health and safety rules were now "too restrictive", negatively impacting on pupils’ education.’

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