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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.