Educational furniture manufacturers however, will tell you that the school environment is about the most hostile imaginable for a chair or table. Furniture members of the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) will normally manufacture to the European educational furniture standards educational EN1729 which recognise the importance of both ergonomic excellence and durability in use. BESA members have been at the forefront of the development of new products to match this standard – delivering products which support improved lifelong back care for our children, better academic outcomes through comfort which leads to improved concentration and outstanding value for money through product durability and life cycle
At BESA, our recent ‘Resources in English Maintained Schools’ research (January 2012) shows that schools are still investing in furniture, and hopefully adhering to the EN1729 Standard, with an estimated £78m spending across 2012/13.
When you are looking for furniture, please visit www.besa.org.uk for details of the standards you should buy to and the companies to buy from (all BESA members must annually sign up to abide by the BESA Code of Practice).
British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA)
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7537 4997
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7537 4846