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Education recruitment 'affected by building quality'

24/02/2010 Joanna
Education staff seeking teacher jobs are more likely to select schools with high quality architectural design, it has been claimed.

Paul Finch, chair of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (Cabe), says allowing school buildings to fall into a state of disrepair can reduce the chances of an institution attracting high quality staff during education recruitment.

Mr Finch told the Independent: "Dank and depressing buildings […] are bad for the morale of pupils and bad for the morale of teachers.

"If the physical premises […] are well designed, it will encourage good teachers to apply for jobs in these places. If they are poor, it will encourage them to look elsewhere."

Mr Finch was responding to recent predictions from economic experts that the £55 billion currently allotted to the Building Schools for the Future fund may be cut in order to make savings in the education sector.

Cabe has been in operation since 1999, when it was established with the backing of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

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