Water, water, not a drop to drink;School management

30th January 1998 at 00:00
I have taught in a few secondary schools in the past 10 years and there has always been a lack of fresh drinking water for pupils. Only the school kitchen has access to the rising main, while the rest of the school uses storage tanks situated at the top of the building.

In warm weather the water is tepid. In cold weather it is no better, because of the central heating. The only access to drinking water is usually in the toilets, which are often smelly, dirty and vandalised, or at the classroom sink, which is rarely in use so the water is stagnant.

The only alternative is one of the popular brands of soft drinks at 45p a can. It may sound old-fashioned, but I believe children's appetites should be protected and nurtured, avoiding the excess of sweet things that spoils appetites and leads to hyperactive behaviour.

One solution would be to make chilled water available at drinking fonts in canteens. There is no justification, especially in Scotland, for bottled water. When I wrote to the Education Minister about this issue, the Scottish Office sent me a tepid response.

John Burleigh is a teacher in Inverclyde

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now