£400m investment in school and college buildings announced

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Academies and sixth form colleges across England can now bid for a share of more than £400m to transform facilities and improve school buildings.

The multi-million-pound annual fund can be used by academies and sixth form colleges to expand classrooms, upgrade facilities such as sports halls or science labs, and address issues with the general wear and tear of school buildings.

This year applications will be subject to new criteria which will favour bids from schools with good governance and organised finances – including showing restraint on executive salaries.

Today’s launch of millions of pounds to improve schools and colleges across the country follows the Prime Minister’s announcement confirming the budget for schools and high needs education would be increased by a total of over £14bn over three years, rising to £52.2bn by 2022-23. Schools and local authorities found out earlier this month their allocations for the first part of that investment – £2.6bn – for the coming year.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “This government is determined to give all children the best possible education, but as well as great teachers, we want all pupils to learn in classrooms that enable them to gain the knowledge and skills they need for success.

“Following our huge investment in school funding with an increase of a total of £14 billion over three years, this year’s multi-million-pound fund will support our pledge to create more good school places and continue raising standards.”

The Department for Education will today launch the latest round of the Condition Improvement Fund – the last of which approved bids worth over £400m to improve school buildings and expand academies and sixth-form colleges rated Good or Outstanding by Ofsted.

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