Government announces investment to improve school buildings

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The Department for Education has revealed £483 million investment to boost and improve school buildings.

The funding, from the Condition Improvement Fund, will go to 1,199 schools in England, with the North East and North West set to receive the largest allocation of funding.

Many of the projects funded by Condition Improvement Fund 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.

Schools Minister Baroness Berridge said: “Alongside our ambitious rebuilding programme for schools over the next decade, this government is making sure children learn in the best possible environments. Providing every school with the financial support it needs to build back better for its students.

“Schools are the centres of our communities and both pupils and staff need to have up-to-date classrooms to learn and work in, that’s why the government is spending £1.8 Billion this year alone to improve school buildings.”

Local authorities, larger multi-academy trusts and Voluntary Aided school bodies such as dioceses, were allocated condition funding earlier this year in accordance with the latest data on their estates.

Smaller academy trusts and sixth form colleges have been able to submit bids to the Department for funding through the Condition Improvement Fund process, for essential maintenance and upgrades. The most pressing 1,199 projects across the country have today been allocated funding.

The Department expects to confirm a further 50 projects in the next wave of the School Rebuilding programme later this year. Projects will range from replacing or refurbishing individual buildings through to whole school rebuilds.