Personal security training for teachers, improved CCTV and state of the art security devices are part of a£22m package of measures to improve safety in schools announced by schools standards minister Estelle Morris.
Money from the school standards fund school security grant will be given to local education authorities to distribute among schools in their own areas in the financial year 2001.
Ms Morris said: 'Pupils and staff need to be able to learn, teach and work in safe and secure environments. Through the standards fund 2001-02 school security grant we will again be supporting local education authorities to fund another£22m of school security measures.
'This investment will help create securer schools and staff will be better able to deal with security issues. The funding will be used on a range of measures from building security such as CCTV and security fencing, to practical measures to help staff and pupils to improve their own personal safety. 'A secure school where pupils, teachers and parents feel safe and can concentrate their efforts on the day to day work of teaching and learning will lead to higher standards.'
Over 9,000 schools received funding for school security improvement projects during 1999-2000.
Specific examples of measures supported in 1999-2000 were:
* CCTV: Installation of high quality CCTV has reduced one school's annual glazing bill of£7000 to nil. Another school had CCTV installed with an entry phone system which has meant that unauthorised persons are unable to access the site and children are unable to leave without being seen.
* Fencing: One school had a security fence erected after intruders were constantly using the grounds and leaving broken bottles in the grass. Since the fencing has been erected there have been no reported incidents at the school. A school was experiencing problems from trespassers walking across its fields and woodland area, broken glass and syringes discarded by drug users were being left on the ground. The grant supported additional security fencing with the result that trespassing has been eliminated, and the health hazards and vandalism have been significantly reduced. In addition, the security fencing has enabled the school to develop the woodland area as curriculum resource.
* Training: One authority used part of its grant to help produce a special school video, about security and personal safety at, and going to and from, school. It is aimed at pupils, staff and parents. The video has been circulated to all primary schools in the area.
* Reception Areas: One school had its office/reception sited at the rear of the school site in a temporary building. The building was relocated to the front of the site with funding from the school security grant. This proved an effective security measure, because it made it a secure environment for staff to receive visitors, and the receptionist can now see all visitors to the school as they arrive.
Most LEAs have reported that staff, pupils and parents welcome the measures that have been introduced so far and that overall there is, along with the awareness of school security as an issue, a growing sense of confidence in the security at schools.
This notice applies to England.
1. The school security grant is part of the government's strategy to help LEAs to improve the security of premises at maintained schools and make them safer environments for staff and pupils. It is in addition to the continuing revenue and capital spending by LEAs on school security measures.
2. The grant is allocated to all local education authorities in England, on a formula basis. It is for individual LEAs to decide on the detailed arrangements for distributing their allocation locally to schools. We expect that this to be on the basis of risk assessments, in order to ensure that resources are effectively
targeted. A full list of LEA allocations is attached.
3. It can be used on physical security measures such as CCTV, fencing, control access systems, and also on security related training for staff and governors. All maintained schools are eligible for funding, via the local education authority of the area.
4. The government has, since 1997-98, supported£22m per year for expenditure on school security measures.
5. A specific grant for school security measures was one of the recommendations of the Working Group on School Security (WGSS), in its report to the secretary of state for education in May 1996. The WGSS, which was set up by government following the murder of headteacher Philip Lawrence in December 1995, continues to advise on
the government on its school security strategy.
Standards Fund 2001-02
Allocations to LEAs (including LEA contributions)
Bath & NE Somerset £76,543
Bracknell Forest £41,506
Brighton & Hove £79,633
City of Bristol £153,514
City of London £777
Derby City £105,349
East Riding of Yorkshire £147,335
East Sussex £185,322
Isle of Wight £60,086
Isles of Scilly £2,692
Kensington & Chelsea £32,641
Kingston on Thames £53,908
Leicester City £122,473
Milton Keynes £98,477
Newcastle upon Tyne £107,799
North East Lincolnshire £78,179
North Lincolnshire £76,844
North Somerset £76,429
North Tyneside £86,106
North Yorkshire £307,117
Nottingham City £123,107
Redcar and Cleveland £69,257
Richmond on Thames £52,082
South Gloucestershire £110,620
South Tyneside £75,215
St Helens £80,094
Telford & Wrekin £77,628
Tower Hamlets £101,018
Waltham Forest £93,453
West Berkshire £74,183
West Sussex £293,784
Windsor & Maidenhead £58,569