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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.

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Fire chiefs call for sprinklers in all new English schools

Fire chiefs call for sprinklers in all new English schools  » 

The National Fire Chiefs Council is calling for all new school builds or refurbishments to have sprinklers fitted - a policy that is mandatory in Scotland and Wales. Figures show the proportion of new schools built with sprinklers had dropped from about 70% a decade ago to a third last year - and overall, in England and Wales, just 5% of schools have sprinklers.

Fewer schools and less education spending since 2012  » 

Total spending on education by central and local government has fallen by 2.3% in real terms between 2012 and 2017 and now stands at £86.3 billion. Since 2001, the number of schools has fallen by 2,602.

Welsh schools get £2.3bn boost from 2019

Welsh schools get £2.3bn boost from 2019  » 

The Welsh government has announced a further £2.3 billion to modernise education infrastructure. The money will allow the flagship 21st Century Schools and Education Programme - a major, long-term and strategic capital investment programme - to continue for a second wave of investment.

PFI deals bad for schools, says Labour MP  » 

Schools are paying thousands of pounds more than they should for everyday items because they are locked into PFI contracts they have no control over, a Tes investigation has revealed.

Winter gritting plans essential, says contractor  » 

Winter maintenance firm GRITIT is warning schools of the dangers of leaving winter gritting to the last minute.

DfE highlights soaring academy numbers and running costs

DfE highlights soaring academy numbers and running costs  » 

The Department for Education (DfE) has issued its first combined academy sector annual report and accounts, setting out the consolidated performance and financial results of all academy schools in England over the 2015/16 academic year.

Regular fire door checks essential for safety says manufacturer  » 

In the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster, safety door manufacturer Allegion is urging schools and colleges to check their fire doors are in good working order.