Govt to pump millions into new schools
Posted on: Thursday, April 2nd, 2015
The government is pumping more money into schools in the north-east which are set to receive their share of £33 million, it has been revealed.
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan and schools minister David Laws has announced that over 100 schools will benefit from the scheme, which is designed to boost building improvements and expansion projects.
Academies, colleges and schools in Northumberland, North and South Tyneside, County Durham and Newcastle are expected to benefit from the scheme.
Across the UK as a whole, the government is making £367 million available in 2015 – 16 for 1,089 academies and sixth-form colleges across England.
The funds are set to help schools to address building condition issues or to support expansions as part of the government’s Condition Improvement Fund (CIF).
Speaking about the developments, Ms Morgan said: “As part of our long term economic plan we have continued to invest in school buildings so thousands of pupils are taught in new schools and classrooms.
“The money provided through the Condition Improvement Fund will help ensure that even more children have access to the best possible facilities and learn in an environment that gives them the knowledge and skills to succeed in the global race."
These awards come after schools applied for financial support for specific projects, such as roof, boiler and window replacements, classroom extensions and kitchen upgrades.
The money will also go towards helping to maintain the school and for renovation and cleaning projects.
On a much deeper level however, the funding is likely to address some of the social inequality and help to bring all schools up to the same standards.
Schools minister David Laws said that this new round of government funding will help to boost the safety and practicality of many educational buildings.
He added: “To create a stronger economy and a fairer society it is crucial that we invest in education, so that every child has a fair start in life.
“Since 2010 the government has invested more than £18 billion in school buildings, and we recently announced a further £6 billion to help drive-up school building standards across the country in the coming years. Thanks to Condition Improvement Fund thousands more pupils and their teachers across England will benefit from safe, high-quality classrooms.”
As part of the announcement, David Laws invited 79 projects that demonstrated a high project need but were not successful to submit a revised application which will be considered next year.
He revealed that overall, the government has invested £18 billion in the education estate.
These funds will help to provide new places and transform the learning environment, according to Mr Laws.
Furthermore, over the coming years, schools are set to receive over £6 billion of new investment to improve the condition of the school estate.
"Ensuring that there is a good local school place for every child, and that every child can benefit from a learning environment which is safe and fit for purpose, no matter where they live, are key priorities for this government", Mr Laws added.