Schools to receive £6bn to repair crumbling buildings

The TES is reporting the announcement from ministers that schools will receive about £6 billion to repair or rebuild crumbling buildings…

Some £2 billion of that sum is being allocated to repairing or rebuilding 277 schools in the second phase of the government’s Priority School Building Programme, which replaced the axed Building Schools for the Future scheme. Funding has already gone to improving facilities in 260 schools, bringing the total number helped so far to 537.

Details are also being released of how another £4 billion will be distributed between 2015 and 2018 to schools, local authorities, academy trusts and voluntary-aided partnerships for building upgrades.

A report issued last summer by the Royal Institute of British Architects suggested that some £8.5 billion was needed to bring the school estate up to scratch, adding that about three-quarters of schools were still affected by asbestos.

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg said: “Children can’t learn and teachers can’t teach in schools that are cold and have leaking roofs. To create a stronger economy we have to invest in a fairer society so that our young people can be successful in the future…”

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See a list of successful schools for PSBP2 at: Priority school building programme 2: list of successful schools

 

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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Weird how the funding was cut just after the last election and now, just before an election, it’s reintroduced. How odd

  2. Janet2

    @andylutwyche SchoolsImprove This announcement has been delayed – it was due some time ago.  A cynic might say it’s been timed for the run up to a certain event in May.

    As you say, Building Schools for the Future.  This meant 700 schools were not rebuilt.  The Government’s announcement still falls short of that figure.

    And we mustn’t forget that £1.7b was allocated to Free School projects in 2014/15 according to the NAO.  Or that Gove was accused of diverting £400m from the Basic Needs Fund to free schools.  Even the Telegraph said he didn’t actually deny it.

    http://www.localschoolsnetwork.org.uk/2014/05/so-did-gove-answer-the-question-did-400m-disappear-from-basic-needs-to-fund-free-schools/

  3. Janet2

    @andylutwyche SchoolsImprove This announcement has been delayed – it was due some time ago.  A cynic might say it’s been timed for the run up to a certain event in May.

    As you say, Building Schools for the Future.  This meant 700 schools were not rebuilt.  The Government’s announcement still falls short of that figure.

    And we mustn’t forget that £1.7b was allocated to Free School projects in 2014/15 according to the NAO.  Or that Gove was accused of diverting £400m from the Basic Needs Fund to free schools.  Even the Telegraph said he didn’t actually deny it.

    http://www.localschoolsnetwork.org.uk/2014/05/so-did-gove-answer-the-question-did-400m-disappear-from-basic-needs-to-fund-free-schools/

  4. Janet2

    @andylutwyche SchoolsImprove This announcement has been delayed – it was due some time ago.  A cynic might say it’s been timed for the run up to a certain event in May.

    As you say, Building Schools for the Future.  This meant 700 schools were not rebuilt.  The Government’s announcement still falls short of that figure.

    And we mustn’t forget that £1.7b was allocated to Free School projects in 2014/15 according to the NAO.  Or that Gove was accused of diverting £400m from the Basic Needs Fund to free schools.  Even the Telegraph said he didn’t actually deny it.

    http://www.localschoolsnetwork.org.uk/2014/05/so-did-gove-answer-the-question-did-400m-disappear-from-basic-needs-to-fund-free-schools/

  5. JoNoGo

    SchoolsImprove Genuine congratulations to school staff who will get new buildings. The cynic says strange how many are in marginal seats.

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