UK approves £560m funding to improve schools buildings

WCN Editorial Team 5 Aug 2020 EUROPE BUILDINGS

The UK Government has allotted £560m funding for building projects at 580 academies ranging from sixth form colleges to voluntary aided schools in England.

The funding will be used to repair and upgrade the school facilities and create modern spaces to meet the needs of the educational institutions. Several smaller expansion projects are also allowed under the funding programme to increase school capacities.

Some of the projects range from the upgrade of boilers to new energy-efficient models to complete refurbishment of classroom blocks with new facilities.

The government said that when the schools are ready, the works can begin and the majority of the projects should be completed in this financial year.

The funding is part of the country’s investment to bounce back from the Covid-19 pandemic and to strengthen the schools in delivering world-class education.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “As we work towards all children returning to school in September, this investment in our school and college buildings helps create modern environments that lend themselves to great teaching, making sure every child has the opportunity to fulfil their potential.

“We have worked at great speed to release this additional £560 million of condition funding to schools for projects this year to kick-start the economy and transform the buildings so vital for excellent teaching.

“We have now allocated over £2 billion this year to improve the condition of our school buildings, paving the way for our new transformative ten-year school building programme starting later this year with over £1 billion funding for the first wave of 50 schools.”

The Department for Education’s Condition Improvement Fund will distribute nearly £180m in funding for the 580 identified projects, which were selected on the basis of bids submitted to the fund earlier this year.

The remaining amount in the £560m will be used by local authorities, larger multi-academy trusts and large voluntary aided school bodies to be spent on improving the condition of their schools.

The UK government is also planning to invest £200m in further education (FE) colleges this year, which is part of £1.5bn investment over the next five years in their transformation.

This year, another £1bn in funding will be allotted under the Prime Minister’s transformative new 10-year school rebuilding programme. It will focus on those school buildings in worst conditions across England and will significantly invest in the North and the Midlands.


Secretary of State for Education Gavin Williamson.(Credit: Townshend.)

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