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.