Government aims to upgrade school buildings

February 5th, 2013 Category: Educational Establishments

School buildings have to put up with lots of wear and tear, as they cater for hundreds of children day after day.

So it is inevitable that they need a great deal of looking after, which is why many headteachers choose to bring in school cleaning specialists to keep an eye on general maintenance.

But some schools across the country are in a serious state of disrepair, which causes the pupils to lose out more than anyone else.

After all, a clean and well-maintained classroom can be essential in order to provide kids with a stimulating learning environment that makes them feel alert and motivated.

The last Labour government tried to address the problem by setting up the Building Schools for the Future programme, which was designed to overhaul and upgrade school buildings for a new generation.

However, the coalition argued that this was too bureaucratic and not particularly cost-effective. While this proved controversial, with many schools fearing they would never get the upgrades they had been promised, the government has moved to introduce the Priority School Building Programme.

David Laws, the schools minister, commented: "This programme will provide new or refurbished school buildings for the children being educated in those schools that are in the very worst condition."

The government has already confirmed that 15 schools in the West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humberside and the north-east will be renovated as part of the first round of activity.

All this demonstrates the importance of keeping a firm grip on the condition of school buildings, ideally looking after them regularly so they are never likely to start falling into a state of disrepair.

Bringing in school cleaning specialists is certainly a good place to start, as it means the learning environment will be clean, safe and welcoming to staff, children and guests.

And it means any issues with a building will probably be identified early, so they can be dealt with before they deteriorate into major and costly problems.