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e-Petition: Protecting Class Sizes in Design and Technology Classrooms and Workshops

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We call on the National Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh Government to ensure that all schools in Wales fully adopt BS4163:2014 as a requirement as opposed to a recommendation, in order to protect the health and safety of both students, teachers and technicians.


Following networking meetings for Design and Technology teachers within the ERW region, it has become apparent that the financial pressures on schools give rise to a situation where Design and Technology teachers are increasingly being asked to teach classes larger than 20 pupils as recommended in BS4163:2014 "Health and safety for design and technology in educational establishments – Code of Practice". Increased class sizes invariably lead to higher risk of pupils getting injured in workshop environments.

​The BS4163:2014 Code of Practice clearly states as follows:

"9 Management of the teaching environment



The number of learners in any one work area should be carefully considered to ensure safe working and effective supervision.

In England and Wales, there should be a maximum of 20 learners with one competent, qualified teacher in any one work area.

In Scotland and Northern Ireland, there should be a maximum of 20 pupils for all classes in practical subjects"

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Petition details

Petition Status: Collecting signatures
Petition Start Date: 02/01/2018
Open until midday on: 28/02/2018
Principal Petitioner(s) Aled Dafis


25 most recent signatures

Total signatures: 307

Name Constituency or Area of residence Date
christopher searle Rhondda 30/01/2018
Dylan Davies Wrexham 25/01/2018
Adam Spencer Edwards Vale of Glamorgan 22/01/2018
Anonymous Neath 20/01/2018
Anonymous Neath 20/01/2018
Holly Thelwell-Davies Bridgend 19/01/2018
Eleanor Johns Pontypridd 18/01/2018
Garwyn Davies Ceredigion 18/01/2018
JUNE WELLS Ceredigion 17/01/2018
Jonathan Evans Ceredigion 17/01/2018
Anonymous Cardiff North 15/01/2018
Patricia Richards Cardiff North 15/01/2018
Joe Birch Powys 14/01/2018
Anonymous Islwyn 14/01/2018
Matt Thompson Vale of Glamorgan 14/01/2018
Anonymous Clwyd South 14/01/2018
Marion Rowland Montgomeryshire 14/01/2018
Rachel Lewis Montgomeryshire 13/01/2018
Mark Avaient Vale of Glamorgan 13/01/2018
Bethan frost De Caerdydd a Phenarth 13/01/2018
Jonathan Wyn Roberts Ynys Mon 13/01/2018
Richard Farrer Arfon 13/01/2018
Meinir Jones Arfon 12/01/2018
ben gordon Ceredigion 12/01/2018
nick badland Preseli Pembrokeshire 12/01/2018

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