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Asbestos Management Assurance Process (AMAP

You can access the AMAP portal here.

This will give schools and responsible bodies, who were unable to participate in the first collection, the chance to provide school information and an assured response. The AMAP meets the department’s commitments set out in the March 2015 review of asbestos management in schools, enhancing scrutiny on those responsible for managing asbestos in schools. You are expected to complete the AMAP if you are a responsible body. The Responsible body is the main employer of staff at state-funded schools and academies.

State-funded schools and academies include maintained nursery schools, maintained schools (including primary, secondary and middle schools), maintained special schools and academy special schools, pupil referral units, academies and free schools and non-maintained special schools.
This guidance is for anyone who is responsible for the management of asbestos in the education estate and compliance with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.

Link to Guidance Documents.  

LCVAP 2020/21

We have received confirmation that the LCVAP programme will continue into the next financial year and there will be some significant changes. These were communicated to VA schools in September. Please remember the deadline for receipt of application forms is Friday 29 November 2019.

Buildings Safety Programme and Fire Safety Advice

To further support the government’s response to the Grenfell Tower fire the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government, set up the Building Safety Programme (BSP), working with an Independent Expert Advisory Panel to consider emerging issues on fire and building safety more widely. The BSP issues updates as these become available. This includes recent advice for building owners of high-rise, residential buildings with non-ACM cladding, which they are concerned about. Whilst this advice is primarily intended for residential accommodation, it is relevant to other public buildings, such as schools. We want to encourage you to consider this in relation to your school and ensure advice from the BSP is acted upon. You can keep up to date with the latest information from the BSP and view previous advice by registering for automatic updates here.     

Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, all building owners are required to ensure that an appropriate and up-to-date Fire Risk Assessment is in place for their buildings. As a body responsible for a school, (VA/Academy) you must comply with the requirements of the Fire Safety Order. You should ensure that you have an appropriate and up-to-date Fire Risk Assessment (FRA) for school buildings within your control. These should take into account any fire safety risks and detail the mitigations in place to manage these.

One of the interim recommendations Dame Judith makes in her report, is that the FRA should be completed more regularly, particularly for high-rise buildings (any building over 18m in height), which she recommends should be completed annually. We ask that all schools take this opportunity to review the FRA for your buildings, to ensure it is up-to-date and consider your review period for these checks.

Advice on how to complete an FRA is available here. If you would like more information on how to appoint a ‘competent person’ to carry out the FRA, the Chief Fire Officers Association has issued advice on what to consider. You can see this advice here.  

Good Estate Management for Schools manual launched

The Education Skills and Funding Agency (ESFA) have published the Good Estate Management for Schools (GEMS) manual on GOV.UK which will help you deliver an effective estates strategy. GEMS is a new online resource aimed at individuals and organisations responsible for managing and overseeing the schools estate, helping to ensure that land and buildings support educational objectives and excellent resource management. The resource sets out:
•    the fundamental policies and procedures needed to manage the school estate effectively
•    guidance on strategic estate management, organisational oversight, understanding your land and buildings, energy and water management and managing projects
•    updated guidance on health and safety, compliance and maintenance (replacing existing guidance in Essential Schools Maintenance)
•    the skills organisations need access to, links to tools and resources that can help

Roof Surveys


All schools will be/have been contacted on behalf of the diocese by Garland UK to undertake an exploratory survey of the school roof areas. If you are currently experiencing issues with your roof(s) or are aware of any work that is required within the next 12-24 months, please let us know and your school will receive priority. The surveys are being undertaken completely free of charge and are purely for information/budgeting purposes. Once completed the information can then be incorporated into the School's Building Development Plan. This is available through the files section on your relevant school pages.


Concrete cladding - monitoring building condition

Departmental guidance to support monitoring of building condition by schools and responsible bodies.

Concrete cladding is used in the construction of external walls of many school buildings. It can crack or delaminate, potentially giving rise to risks if not well maintained. Causes of concrete defects are known and are relatively easy to address if identified in good time.
This guidance recommends periodic inspection and provides information to help schools and responsible bodies undertake such inspections effectively. The guidance is for all those with responsibilities for maintaining school buildings, including head teachers, business managers and facilities managers.

Concrete cladding - monitoring building condition


The Education Skills and Funding Agency has published new guidance on GOV.UK aimed at schools, local authorities and trusts in understanding their obligations and duties in relation to asbestos management in schools. The guidance can be found here. Further information is available in your school specific pages (VA,VC, F or A).

Salix Funding opportunity

If you are interested in reducing energy bills this may be a funding avenue you wish to consider further. Please complete the expression of interest form through the link in the document below or click on the link below for more information. There is no dealine to express interest for Maintained schools.

For funding for Academies and MATs, click here.

Funding for Maintained Schools (VA, VC and Foundation)

As budgets get tighter all help in reducing expenditure needs to be considered. Guidance and forms are available on the opportunities available to you.



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