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ERIC Number: ED502443
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 49
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 47
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-9053-1464-5
The Impact of School Fires: A Study of the Wider Economic and Social Impacts on Schools and the Local Community. LGA Research Report 3/07
Wade, Pauline; Teeman, David; Golden, Sarah; Wilson, Rebekah; Woodley, Vanessa
National Foundation for Educational Research
The findings presented in this report derive from a study undertaken by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) commissioned by Local Government Analysis and Research (LGAR) on behalf of the Local Government Association (LGA) and British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association (BAFSA). The study employed a desk review of primarily qualitative data and, as primary research, case study visits to four schools, all of whom had suffered fires in recent years. The study explored the impacts of school fires on schools (staff, pupils, parents and infrastructure) and on the wider community. Despite a downward trend in the number of school fires (malicious and accidental), there remain a substantial number of fires in schools each year and that they have a significant impact on the social and emotional experiences of pupils, staff and the wider community and on teaching and learning in the affected schools. Overall, the evidence suggests that there remain two key challenges for the future: (1) Persuade all stakeholders of the importance of addressing the issue of schools fires through highlighting their impact, whether or not they have had or are likely to have a direct experience of fire; and (2) Ensure that school leaders and local authority decision makers are equipped with accurate and relevant guidance about fire prevention and management in order that they can make informed decisions. The report concludes that, based on the programme of school building through Building Schools for the Future, it may be timely for campaigns such as Wise Up to Fire, and for the Local Government Association (LGA) to ensure that decision-makers in local authorities and schools are fully informed about the impact of fires in schools and the effectiveness of sprinklers in minimising this impact. This report is essential reading for local authority staff, children's services staff and those working in fire prevention in schools. Research aims and methodology are appended. (Contains 2 footnotes and 4 tables.) [This report was published in the Local Government Association (LGA) Educational Research Programme series and was produced as part of the Local Government Education and Children's Services Research Programme.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Foundation for Educational Research
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United Kingdom (England)