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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: Currently being considered by the Committee
Petition Start Date: 02/01/2018
Open until midday on: 28/02/2018


Petition Signatories

Total signatures: 338

Name Constituency or Area of residence Date
Catrin Scourfield Ceredigion 27/02/2018
Sian Vaughan Bridgend 26/02/2018
Nerys Williams-Jones Pontypridd 26/02/2018
Rebecca Hayes Monmouth 26/02/2018
Eleri Lloyd Jones Ceredigion 26/02/2018
Llŷr Jones Ceredigion 26/02/2018
Theresa Edwards Vale of Glamorgan 25/02/2018
Karen Ryder Newport East 25/02/2018
Nerys Thomas Clwyd West 25/02/2018
Teleri Read Preseli Pembrokeshire 25/02/2018
Gemma Evans Aberavon 25/02/2018
Anonymous Llanelli 25/02/2018
Mike Humphreys Monmouth 25/02/2018
Laura McCormick Bridgend 25/02/2018
Linda Evans Aberavon 25/02/2018
Susan Williams Neath 25/02/2018
Anonymous Cardiff South and Penarth 25/02/2018
Margaret Jones Gower 25/02/2018
Neil forshaw Aberavon 25/02/2018
Anonymous Vale of Glamorgan 25/02/2018
Ann Rhian Jones Ceredigion 25/02/2018
Ruth Humphreys Preseli Pembrokeshire 25/02/2018
Samantha Demarco Swansea West 25/02/2018
Clive Wilkinson Monmouth 25/02/2018
Rhiannon Davies Carmarthen East and Dinefwr 25/02/2018

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