70% of school buildings ‘not fit for purpose’

Tes is reporting that more than two-thirds of England’s schools have buildings that are “not fit for purpose”, the results of a new survey suggest.

The research by Tes and the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) found headteachers warning that they are teaching children in buildings with leaks, crumbling walls and asbestos issues.

The vast majority (88 per cent) of the 221 state-school heads in England surveyed say funding pressures have forced them to cut routine building maintenance, storing up further problems for the future.  

The research found that the 70 per cent of heads with school buildings not fit for purpose identified the following problems:

  • Leaks: 74 per cent
  • Asbestos: 68 per cent           
  • Lack of space: 66 per cent                            
  • Crumbling walls: 59 per cent                        
  • Faulty boilers/heaters: 57 per cent  
  • Electrical problems: 43 per cent                               
  • Reliance on mobile classrooms: 43 per cent
  • Damp: 39 per cent                            

Nearly half (46 per cent) of the heads with buildings not fit for purpose had had to close part of their school in the last year.

Other problems highlighted included windows and doors in need of replacement; insufficient sports facilities and poor condition of playing fields and playgrounds; poor ventilation in classrooms and corridors; classrooms too hot or having excessive temperature swings; poor dining facilities and poor condition of toilets.

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