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ESFA teams with AECOM to tackle skills gap

ESFA teams with AECOM to tackle skills gap  » 

AECOM and the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) have launched a unique apprenticeship programme where apprentices gain experience in client, consultant and contractor roles through a series of rotations.

Gleeds appointed to head technical advisory team on new MIM Schools Programme in Wales  » 

International property and construction consultancy, Gleeds, is to lead a team comprising specialist engineers Cundall, and design practice Scott Brownrigg, as technical advisors for MIM projects in the second wave of investment in the 21stCentury Schools build initiative.

Bulge in pupil numbers threatens to overwhelm schools

Bulge in pupil numbers threatens to overwhelm schools  » 

Pressure on school places is continuing to rise, with an extra 79,000 primary places and 87,000 secondary places needed across England to meet demand for 2021/22.

‘Inadequate’ schools face long wait for academy conversion

‘Inadequate’ schools face long wait for academy conversion  » 

Over 60 schools, which were ranked “inadequate” by Ofsted, have been waiting 17 months for an academy trust to take over their running. New rules, introduced last year, make it mandatory for the Government to ensure that such schools are converted to academy status.

Portakabin wins Education Project of the Year in offsite awards

Portakabin wins Education Project of the Year in offsite awards  » 

Portakabin’s Global Academy in Hayes, West London has won Education Project of the Year in this year’s Offsite Awards. The £16m state-of-the-art hybrid modular building - which was featured in the January/February edition of Education Design & Build - is the UK’s first University Technical College (UTC) to be built offsite.

First fire suppression purchasing system launched by Fusion 21  » 

Procurement organisation Fusion21 has launched its national dynamic purchasing system (DPS) for fire suppression systems and associated works - the first on the market to provide a complete fire safety solution suitable for the education sector and all public sector buildings.

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Carillion fails financial examination

Carillion fails financial examination  » 

The giant services contractor, which went into liquidation in mid-January with debts of £1.5bn, has been deeply involved in the education sector for over a decade, building and running 150 schools, some through PFI deals, as well as sponsoring its own academy.

ESFA unveils latest contractor list, and modular is ‘in’

ESFA unveils latest contractor list, and modular is ‘in’  » 

The Educations Skills and Funding Agency (ESDA) has selected 33 contractors for its new school building framework. In line with the Government’s Budget blessing for modular construction, a number of offsite and modular contractors are on the list, including Net Zero Buildings and Styles & Wood.

New Education Secretary unveils plans to drive up standards  » 

Damian Hinds, new Secretary of State for Education, has unveiled a package of measures to support underperforming schools in disadvantaged areas across the country.

Independent schools’ estates facing rising financial pressures, says Bidwells  » 

Property consultancy Bidwells says rising running costs, lack of financial reserves to carry out property improvements and the political threat of losing charitable status and the subsequent business rates and VAT liabilities are key challenges facing independent schools in 2018.

Passivhaus school opens in West London

Passivhaus school opens in West London  » 

One of the country’s very few Passivhaus-designed schools is up and running. The New Ark project at St Benedict’s Junior, Ealing, West London has been designed by van Heyningen and Haward Architects and is the second for St Benedict’s, following on from the 6th Form & ADT which completed in 2015.