Schools investing in building projects

November 13th, 2012 Category: Educational Establishments

The difficult economic climate is not putting independent schools off investing in new building work, a new poll has revealed.

According to the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), almost half of independent school teachers have seen building work take place at their school, or at least have a project lined up to take place soon.

Mary Bousted, general secretary of the body, said: "It's wonderful that so many schools can afford to upgrade their facilities and invest in our children's future."

Many education institutions are choosing to use their resources to improve premises that have fallen into a state of disrepair.

Sporting facilities at schools also look set to benefit from much of this cash, prompting Ms Bousted to say she hopes to see them create future Olympic stars in the vein of Sir Chris Hoy and Matthew Pinsent.

However, she urged schools to remember that members of staff are their most important asset, which means they should be fairly rewarded if money can be put aside for building projects.

And of course, many institutions will be taking on school cleaning specialists in order to ensure their new facilities remain spick and span.

This could be essential if they want to justify the cost of any upgrades to parents who will be expected to pay fees on behalf of their children.

After all, a poll by the ATL has found that 57 per cent of parents in the UK favour private over state education, partly because they believe standards are higher in private schools.

Many are also attracted by the likelihood of their children joining a smaller class and therefore getting more personal attention from the teacher.

With some schools pushing up fees in order to cover the costs of building work, convincing the parents they are getting a good return on their investment in private education will be critically important.

So maintaining upgrades facilities when the work has been completed could be a good place to start.