Water is Cool in School Initiative

water is cool in school water coolers1 Water is Cool in School InitiativeWe recently stumbled across a website initiative based around the project of getting more school children to drink more water within schools and think highly of the project.

Water is Cool in School – www.wateriscoolinschool.org.uk – was sponsored by ERIC (Education and Resources for Improving Childhood Continence)

For a long time we have become used to a telephone call typically from a school bursar, typically two months before an Ofsted inspection who are planning to get water coolers in communal areas (or even classrooms) as it has the potential to help with their Ofsted review. Great – and we appreciate the business – but it is interesting that many schools don’t plan outside of a perceived Ofsted. Interestingly local councils such as Nottingham’s Healthly School website cite the importance of having an easy access provision of drinking water as very important to specific Ofstead critera.

The campaign “Water is Cool in School” started back in 2000 and it’s 2003 review the findings were unequivocal –

In 2003, in order to evaluate the effects of the Water is Cool in School Campaign and to evaluate the state of school toilets and access for pupils, the Community Practitioner’s and Health Visitors Association (an organisation representing over half of school nurses in the UK), in co-ordination with ERIC, carried out a random survey of primary and secondary schools across the UK

water is cool in school poster 212x300 Water is Cool in School InitiativeThe results from 928 schools in 70 LEAs show a huge improvement in the provision of water in schools since the start of the Campaign, but there is still some poor practice. For the majority of primary schools, drinking water in lessons and throughout the school day is now commonplace (water bottles in the classroom are permitted (29%) or encouraged (48%) in 78% of the primary schools surveyed). In secondary schools, there has been more attitudinal resistance from staff to improving water facilities and consumption (as a result water bottles in the classroom drops to 48%, with 17% encouraged and 31% permitted). Plumbed in water coolers and chilled modern fountains with a swan neck are increasing in popularity. Taps (in 21% of schools) and traditional water fountains (in 38% of schools), are, however, still the most prevalent water facilities and are still most frequently sited in the toilet area (84%) – both facilities and location are poor practice. 22% of secondaries did not provide any water at lunchtimes. Three schools did not allow any access to drinking water at any point during the day.

The Water Delivery Company provides both bottled water coolers and bottleless water coolers that are suitable for school environments. Furthermore we have a wide variety of drinking water fountains including wall mounted and disabled access drinking water fountains that are purpose built for school environments.

Please contact us on 0845 006 3309 for further information or email contact@thewaterdeliverycompany.com.

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