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Govt announces £6m school improvement funding

10/02/2015 Joanna
The government has unveiled details of how more than £6 million is to be invested in schools to ensure they have high-quality facilities.

Under the second phase of the Priority School Building Programme (PSBP), around £2 billion will go towards rebuilding or refurbishing buildings at 277 schools across England.

In addition, £4 billion of funding is to be provided to local authorities, academy trusts, and voluntary-aided partnerships between 2015 and 2018, enabling them to improve the condition of schools across the country.

More accurate methods of targeting the investment mean it is being provided where it is needed most, according to the size and condition of schools.

Education secretary Nicky Morgan said: "This announcement is a major step towards ensuring all children no matter what their background and no matter where they live have access to the best possible schools and learn in an environment that gives them the knowledge and skills to succeed in the global race."

The PSBP is ensuring school buildings are being rebuilt faster and cheaper than those built under the previous initiative, Building Schools for the Future (BSF).

While it took three years for construction work to begin under the BSF, it takes just one year under the PSBP. Projects also cost a third less thanks to the new initiative.

Some 260 schools are currently benefiting from phase one of the PSBP, which means the latest announcement brings the total number to receive a revamp to 537.

Whitmore Park Primary in Coventry, Ian Ramsey Secondary School in Stockton, and Garston Manor Special School in Watford are among the institutions now open following multi-million pound rebuilds.

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