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Issue 292 • September 15 2011 Price £1.00 www.sec-ed.com


Learning to learn


Alison Thomas looks at the ELLI programme and the seven dimensions of learning which can help students to become independent learners who are more reflective and confident Pages 8 and 9


Win a Californian work placement!


SecEd is offering one student and a teacher or parent the work experience trip of a lifetime – a week with the ICT gurus of Lightspeed Systems at their Californian HQ Page 16


Disciplinary hearings


Should teachers facing internal disciplinary hearings be allowed legal representation? Page 7


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The number of teachers who die every year from the asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma has increased from three in 1980 to 16 in 2008. And with 75 per cent of our schools still thought to contain the deadly material, there is concern that this figure is only going to get worse. Michael Lees – whose wife, a teacher, died in 2000 after contracting mesothelioma – has been campaigning on the issue for 11 years. He is calling for some key changes to the way we manage asbestos in our schools, the guidance we give to our school leaders, and the levels of exposure we consider dangerous. In this special edition of SecEd, Mr Lees sets out his arguments and asks the Department for Education some key questions about its asbestos policy. These include: • Does the government accept that staff and pupils are being exposed to asbestos at school? • Will the government carry out a full audit into the condition of the asbestos in our schools? • Will a policy of openness be adopted so staff and parents are not left in the dark? • Will the government adopt lower and safer asbestos exposure levels for schools?


See pages 2 and 3 for his full article and the government’s response.


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