ASCL comment on school rebuilding programme

05/02/2021
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the first wave of the school rebuilding programme.
 
Commenting on the first wave of the school rebuilding programme, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: 

We are delighted for the schools that have been confirmed in the first wave of the rebuilding programme, and we very much welcome this investment, as well as the plans for 21 new schools. Congratulations to all those involved for their work in developing these exciting projects, which will be of enormous benefit to pupils and communities.
 
“It is great that the government is making this investment. But without wanting to be ungracious, let’s keep this announcement in perspective. There is still an enormous backlog of repairs and refurbishment needed to the whole school estate, and at the last count it was estimated that it would cost £6.7 billion to return all school buildings to satisfactory or better condition. The government is making progress in the right direction, but frankly we hope for a day when all schools are able to have facilities fit for the 21st century
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