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Schools: Free Schools

House of Lords written question – answered on 28th June 2012.

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Photo of Lord Hoyle Lord Hoyle Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the health and safety obligations which need to be met by all free schools opening in September with regard to (1) science laboratories, (2) design and technology workshops, (3) canteens, (4) emergency access, and (5) disabled access.

Photo of Lord Hill of Oareford Lord Hill of Oareford The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

As academies, free schools have to comply with the same health and safety regulations as all schools, including requirements relating to science laboratories, design and technology workshops, canteens, and emergency access/means of escape.

The Equalities Act 2010 requires all schools, including free schools, to prepare and implement an accessibility strategy to improve the physical environment of the school for pupils with disabilities and special educational needs (SEN).

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