Supplementary memorandum submitted by
FURTHER MATERIAL REQUESTED AT THE EVIDENCE
SESSION ON 13 DECEMBER 200612
What is the programme of capital investment in
primary and secondary schools, including the allocation of spending,
how many primary and secondary schools will be involved in this
programme and progress to date? (Q 425-447)
The Pre Budget Report 2006 set out capital spending
plans that will see overall investment in education, including
PFI, rise from £8.3 billion in 2007-08 to £8.6 billion
in 2008-09, £9.1 billion in 2009-10 and £10.2 billion
by 2010-11. Within this, schools investment will rise from £6.4
billion in 2007-08 to £8.0 billion by 2010-11 supporting
a range of strategic (including Building Schools for the Future,
Academies and the Primary Capital Programme), targeted and devolved
The overarching objective driving the Government's
strategic capital investment programmes is to ensure that all
pupils are able to benefit from 21st century facilities that support
learning as it continues to develop in the future.
buildings that support personalisation
of teaching and learning;
buildings that support extended
and community use of schoolswith every child and family
having access, either onsite or through schools, to year-round,
8 am to 6 pm childcare; parenting support; specialist support
services; a good range of after-school activities; and access
to ICT, sports and arts facilities after hours;
every school providing first class
ICT facilities so that pupils benefit from access to the latest
technology and can study in the way that suits them; and
more energy efficient, sustainable
schoolswith all new schools required to achieve at
least a "very good" rating under the Building Research
Establishment's environmental assessment method (BREEAM), ensuring
high environmental performance. As a minimum, all new schools
will achieve a reduction in carbon emissions of 40% compared to
standards in place prior to 2002. PBR 2006 announced that the
Government will now pilot even higher standards for school buildings,
in some cases up to carbon neutrality.
BSF and the Primary Capital Programme will also
contribute to a range of other objectives, including:
responding to demographic change
across the country and within authorities;
increasing the diversity of school
ensuring effective delivery of the
effective integration of the Every
Child Matters agenda into schools;
greater support for, and inclusion
of, children with Special Educational Needs;
improving sports and recreational
facilities and the use of school grounds; and
supporting healthy eating through
improved kitchen/dining facilities.
Each local authority participating in BSF is
expected to produce a "Strategy for Change" which outlines
how they will meet these objectives. Funding is not approved until
Government is satisfied that these visions are sufficiently ambitious
There are approximately 3,500 secondary schools
in England. The programme to rebuild or refurbish all secondary
schools was announced in 2003 and, after consultation, was launched
in February 2004. The first wave of investment came on stream
in 2005-06. Over £2 billion a year, including PFI, is available
for the BSF programme over the Spending Review 2004 period. The
programme will be rolled out to all authorities and schools over
15 years of investment, subject to future spending decisions.
There is a presumption that schools less than
15 years old will not require additional investment through BSF.
This means that overall, around 3,100 of the 3,500 secondary schools
in England are expected to benefit from BSF. It is anticipated
that approximately 50% of construction work carried out through
BSF will involve building entirely new schools. A further 35%
will involve major refurbishment and a remaining 15% minor refurbishment.
Progress to date
BSF is being delivered through waves of local
authorities. Waves 1 to 3 are now underwaycovering 38 local
authorities (over a quarter of all local authorities) and about
370 schools. These authorities were prioritised according to social
and educational need, meaning that pupils with the greatest need,
usually in the most deprived areas of the country, will receive
the benefits of this major capital investment first.
At present, over 20 local authorities have developed
their schemes sufficiently to have passed through all necessary
approvals and taken their projects to the market. Four projects
have reached financial close and construction is underway in three
areas. The first all new school is due to open in September 2007
Recognising that there have been some delays
to the early roll out of the programme, DfES and Partnerships
for Schools (PfS) are working closely with authorities to identify
and overcome the barriers to faster progress. In particular, they
are disseminating lessons learned about the advanced work that
authorities can do, and the resources required, to be ready to
On 15 December 2006, the Government announced
the 15 local authorities participating in wave 4 of BSF, of whom
10 are new to the programme. As well as their social and educational
needs, these authorities were prioritised on a thorough appraisal
of their capacity to deliver.
As of 2006, academies will be delivered through
the BSF programmeensuring efficiency gains in procurement.
The Government has committed to having 200 academies open or in
the pipeline by 2010. At present, there are 46 academies open
with an additional 63 having already been approved for development.
The Government is therefore on target for reaching this commitment
and going further in the longer-term; in November 2006, the Prime
Minister expressed an ambition eventually to deliver 400 academies.
There are approximately 17,500 primary schools
in England. The Primary Capital programme, announced in 2005,
aims to rebuild or refurbish at least half of all primary schools
in 15 years from 2008-09, subject to future spending decisions.
The Government has already allocated £150 million in 2008-09
and £500 million in each of 2009-10 and 2010-11 with investment
expected to continue at least at this level into the future.
In November, the 23 authorities which will receive
a share of the 2008-09 funding as primary pathfinders were announced.
Authorities will be expected to take a strategic approach to the
renewal of their primary estate but, unlike BSF, the programme
will not be delivered in waves and all local authorities will
receive funding from 2009-10.
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