Clean environments are productive spaces

A clean school environment is a critical factor in creating a productive learning space. Establishing an effective cleaning regime can be time-consuming and stressful but we want to explain not only the benefits of doing so as well as some useful tips.

Having a clean school will incur benefits for the school as well as pupils and staff.

Apart from the obvious advantages in terms of hygiene there are some further reaching benefits to your school community and teaching and learning system.

One of the most pronounced advantages is likely to be a reduction in the illnesses.  Effective cleaning can significantly reduce germ levels within your school.  As a consequence sickness-related absences will fall allowing a greater level of consistency in teaching and learning as pupils do not miss lessons and teaching is not disturbed by supplier teachers.  Schools will therefore benefit from a lower supply-teacher bill as well as a more effective teaching and learning system.

Where pupils are encouraged to maintain a high level of cleanliness during their school life this is translated into a tidier home-life and neater school work.  As well as motivating pupils to come to school on regular basis.

A clean learning space will also attract high quality teachers and continue the cycle of improved teaching and learning.  Teachers will also be motivated by the cleaner environment.

Useful Tips to implement a effective cleaning service:

Developing an effective cleaning service at good value for money can seem like a complex task so to make it easier we reveal some trade tips.

Auditing: All cleaning suppliers will carry about a self-audit of their services on at least a monthly basis.  In order to highlight areas of concern it is best to take photographs in order to judge whether these have been addressed by future audits.

Contract value: It is important to estimate the value of your contract as it is the single determining factor in whether a fully compliant OJEU tender.  A contract with a lifetime (including potential extensions) value of over £172,514 must be tendered with compliance to EU law.

Productivity equations: This is a formulae used to determine how many cleaners are needed to complete the cleaning of your school in the hours available.  In order to calculate this you need to know the total square meterage of the school and when the cleaners are expected to carry out their duties. As a rule of thumb: 1 hour to clean 200 sqm (secondary school) and 170 sqm in primary schools. Most school cleaners work between 5pm and 9pm.

Example: A 500sqm secondary school who work 5pm-9pm

500sqm/200sqm = 25 It will take the cleaners 25 hours to clean the school.

25 hours/4 hours = 6.25 As there cleaning can occur for 4 hours a day it will take 6.25 cleaners to clean the school.