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First modular school on EFSA framework comes on stream

First modular school on EFSA framework comes on stream  » 

Spatial Initiative (Initiative), the joint venture of property services group Styles&Wood and offsite construction specialists Extraspace Solutions, has just completed work on Highcliffe School, Leicester. It’s the first school to be built under the £95m Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) Component Primary Block framework.

Asbestos problems going undetected says environmental expert

Asbestos problems going undetected says environmental expert  » 

The UK needs to bring its asbestos monitoring regulations in line with other countries who have more robust controls despite having less of a problem.

Budget funding dismissed as inadequate by critics

Budget funding dismissed as inadequate by critics  » 

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, allocated an extra £400 million of capital funding for schools in October’s Budget. This one-off payment will be made directly to schools, averaging £10,000 per primary school and £50,000 per secondary school. It can be spent on equipment such as computers, whiteboards or building upgrades and comes in addition to the core schools budget.

Award-winning Kensington school opens its doors to the public

Award-winning Kensington school opens its doors to the public  » 

Marlborough Primary School, an architectural award-winning school in London’s Chelsea run by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, was opened to the public show for the first time at the world’s biggest architectural festival, Open House, which took place at the end of September.

Eight suppliers appointed to Fusion21’s modular building framework  » 

Fusion21 has added new suppliers to its modular building framework, following an expansion worth £175 million over a four-year period.

DfE moves to secure more school places from developers

DfE moves to secure more school places from developers  » 

The Department for Education has issued new guidance to help ensure there are enough good new school places to meet local needs, while also driving forward an ambitious housing agenda to increase housing delivery, home ownership and the creation of new Garden Communities. The timely provision of infrastructure with new housing is essential, says DfE, in meeting these objectives to secure high quality school places where and when they are needed.

Analysis: Sharing sports facilities  » 

As the Department for Education publishes new guidance on ways in which fee-paying schools should collaborate with neighbouring state schools, Gary Johnson, director at LK2, which specialises in sports and leisure development and architecture, discusses how schools can offer local communities use of their sports facilities.

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Safety concerns close new Scottish school

Safety concerns close new Scottish school  » 

Dumfries and Galloway Council has closed a new £28m school until independent assurances can be given on the safety of the building.

Review of Scotland’s building standards urges changes

Review of Scotland’s building standards urges changes  » 

A review of building standards compliance and enforcement in Scotland says the system needs to be strengthened.

More primary pupils in over-size classes

More primary pupils in over-size classes  » 

The number of primary school infants in classes of over 30 pupils has nearly doubled since 2011.

Doncaster college to boost STEM skills  » 

Hundreds of students will be trained to become experts in engineering and digital technology to help deliver the skilled workers local businesses need at a state-of-the art new college in Doncaster.

New air quality and ventilation guidelines for schools

New air quality and ventilation guidelines for schools  » 

The Government has announced updated guidelines for improving indoor air quality, thermal comfort and ventilation in schools.

Unisex toilets anger parents

Unisex toilets anger parents  » 

Newly installed unisex toilets at the Little Lever School in Bolton, Greater Manchester have angered parents and led to a Facebook campaign against the facilities.

ANALYSIS: Wales leads the way with quality and sustainability  » 

The Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools is a long-term strategic investment in schools, with the first band of funding totalling £1.4 bn. Jessica Taylor of the architect. Architype analyses the thinking behind the move and highlights one of the programme’s first fruits.