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Award for school air quality campaigners

Two Glasgow teachers who spent years raising awareness about stifling air quality in new schools are the first recipients of a new health and safety award from the Scottish Trades Union Congress, writes Henry Hepburn

Two Glasgow teachers who spent years raising awareness about stifling air quality in new schools are the first recipients of a new health and safety award from the Scottish Trades Union Congress, writes Henry Hepburn

Two Glasgow teachers who spent years raising awareness about stifling air quality in new schools are the first recipients of a new health and safety award from the Scottish Trades Union Congress, writes Henry Hepburn

Inadequate natural ventilation at Drumchapel High and Rosshall Academy, two of the first Scottish schools built by public private partnerships, had caused particular problems for information technology, drama and home economics classes.

Cyril Clements, a science teacher at Drumchapel High (pictured), analysed the problems in detail. Bob Dow, a maths teacher at St Margaret Mary's Secondary, used his position as the Educational Institute of Scotland's health and safety representative in Glasgow to push for improvements.

Ian Tasker, the STUC assistant secretary, said: "What really struck us was the length of time they've had to fight - seven years - for improvements that are now beginning to happen."

Photograph: Chris JamesEpicscotland.

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