Government boosts school building funds by 20%

Fifty schools have been identified for the first wave of a ten-year rebuilding programme, aimed at “levelling up” opportunities for all

The annual allocations provided to maintain school buildings in England will increase by over 20% to £1.8bn this financial year.

The rise comes on top of the one-off funding injection of £560m announced last year.

The first wave of the School Rebuilding Programme announced last year is also on track, with site inspections and detailed planning work with the 50 schools involved meaning the first rebuild projects will start from this autumn.

Schools Minister Baroness Berridge said: “Alongside our ambitious rebuilding programme for the schools in the worst condition, this government is making sure every school has the investment and financial support it needs to build back better for its students.

”Further details about the second wave of the School Rebuilding Programme have also emerged, with 50 more schools and sixth form being added to the programme. Projects will range from replacing or refurbishing individual buildings through to whole school / college rebuilds.

In addition, £483m from the Condition Improvement Fund is being spent on 1,199 schools in England, it was announced in June.

The North East and North West are set to receive the largest allocation of CIF funding across all the English regions, with £93 million for 273 successful schools.

Many of the projects funded by CIF will lead to improved classrooms, more energy efficient buildings and will reduce energy bills for schools – helping to meet the government’s net zero target.

Related Stories
Government pumps money into new building projects
FUNDING has been allocated for 580 building projects at academies, sixth form colleges and voluntary aided schools in England to transform facilities and improve school buildings.
DfE invites contractors to bid for new four-year framework
THE Department for Education has invited contractors to apply for places on its new £7bn construction framework.
‘Open or shut?’ confusion over Government’s covoid-19 policy
Construction work at some English and Welsh schools was continuing as Education Design and Build went to press, but with the coronavirus escalating fast, pressure was mounting on the Government to order a total close-down.
Government cuts schools repairs budget
The March Budget, which set out the Government’s spending plans, has cut the funding dedicated to repairing school buildings by £100m.
Government sets schools at heart of Project Speed rebuilding programme
WATES and Mace are among contractors to have welcomed news that the government plans to rebuild the UK economy with a £250bn programme to accelerate the construction of schools, as well as hospitals, roads and railways, dubbed ‘Project Speed’.