Education Funding Agency praises new school design

October 2nd, 2012 Category: Educational Establishments

The design of proposed new school buildings has been praised by the Education Funding Agency.

Although the coalition has scrapped the Labour government's Building Schools for the Future programme since coming into power, it remains committed to improving the state of educational facilities across the UK.

Blueprints outlining the planned design of new establishments have now been published and have been drawn up with efficiency firmly in mind. Indeed, secondary schools will be 15 per cent smaller, while the size of primary schools will be cut by five per cent in an effort to stop space being wasted.

According to the Education Funding Agency, these new schools can "be built to effective designs and specifications", as well as be far more energy-efficient than their predecessors.

Mike Green, director of capital at the group, commented: "They can be built far faster than many have previously and for far less money."

In addition, he said they are simpler to maintain, so they shouldn't present too much of a challenge to school cleaning specialists – despite their extensive expertise in looking after much larger buildings.

"Ultimately they will enable as many schools as possible to receive investment from the funding available and deliver an excellent environment for the children and communities they serve," Mr Green stated.

The government has noted that while the new school buildings will be physically smaller than previous structures, the actual amount of space for facilities such as classrooms and staff rooms will remain the same.

Nevertheless, the blueprints reflect the focus on efficiency in the public sector that has become a hallmark of the coalition government in the last two-and-a-half years.

Everything from departmental budgets to procurement procedures has been changed as the government battles to drive down the UK's budget deficit and put the country back on a firmer financial footing. The new school building proposals are part of this wider strategy and should hopefully deliver positive results for many years to come.