On April 22, a specialist All-Party Parliamentry Group will analyse the issues which still prevent the majority of the UK's 30,000 schools from being destroyed by fire.
The group, including Chair of the LGA Fire Management Committee Cllr Kay Haymond, Lord Jim Knight and CFOA president Vij Radeniya, will debate the question: 'Can we continue to allow tens of thousands of our children’s education to be disrupted by fire, parents’ hopes and dreams shattered, teachers’ classwork ruined and our communities seriously affected?'.
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To be held in Committee Room 14, House of Commons (morning) and The Cholmondeley Room, House of Lords (afternoon) in Westminster
9.45am to 4.00pm on monday, 22nd April 2013
09:45 Registration – Committee Room 14
10:15 Morning Session – Committee Room 14; Chair for the Morning Session: Lord Brookman of Ebbw Vale, member All-Party Group
10:20 The Local Government perspective: Cllr Kay Hammond – Chair of the LGA Fire Management Committee
10:35 The issues identified by the Chief Fire Officers’ Association: Vijith Randeniya OBE, DSc MA MIFireE FRSA President Chief Fire Officers’ Association
10:50 Schools - the changing dynamic - the switch from LEA risk management and funding to Academies and Free Schools.- Paul Tombs Head of Education - Zurich Municipal
11:25 Implementing Fire Safety Measures in Schools: Greg Jones -NUT Health and Safety Adviser for Leicestershire
11.35 Insuring Schools – Risk Reflective Pricing, and Premiums for Clarification: Nick Starling – Director of General Insurance - ABI
11:45 Priority Schools Building Programme (PSBP): Mairi Johnson –Deputy Director – Design – Education Funding Agency
12:15 Pre-Lunch Drinks, Cholmondeley Room, House of Lords (sponsored by Zurich Mutual)
13:00 Lunch - Cholmondeley Room, House of Lords, Hosted by Lord Brookman of Ebbw Vale
14:20 Lunchtime Speaker: Wilf Butcher – Chief Executive – Association for Specialist Fire Protection
14:35 Afternoon Session - Cholmondeley Room, House of Lords; Joint Chairmen for the Afternoon Session: Baroness Brinton, All-Party Group member and Mary Glindon MP, All-Party Group member.
14.40 The financial constraints of implementing fire safety requirements into new build schools: Jason Homan – Assistant Director – Lancashire County Council
14.50 The Impact of a serious fire in a school on a pupil, a parent, a teacher, the community: Liz Pearce – Headteacher - Betws Primary School
15.05 Lord Jim Knight – ‘My Expectations’
15.20 Successes and Obstacles to Progress in Merseyside: Cllr Les Byrom, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Authority.
15.40 The Rt. Hon. Lord Michael Howard of Lympne QC
15.50 Summary of the day: Dennis Davis CBE – Vice Chairman Fire Sector Federation
16.00 Close of Seminar – Baroness Brinton
16.05 Post-Seminar Reception, Cholmondeley Room, House of Lords