Over £500 million has been announced today (Thursday 29 March) to improve and expand school buildings across the country and create more good school places.
The announcement builds on the 825,000 new school places created since 2010, with 1.9 million more children now in good or outstanding schools thanks to the hard work of teachers and the government’s reforms.
The £514 million is being allocated as part of the Condition Improvement Fund. It will support 1,556 projects across almost 1,300 academies and sixth-form colleges in England to help improve the condition or expand their facilities.
The announcement includes £38 million for projects supported by the Healthy Pupils Capital Fund, which is drawn from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy. This fund helps to improve children and young people’s physical and mental health by enhancing the quality of, and access to, facilities such as changing rooms, playgrounds, kitchens and sports halls.
Minister for the School System, Lord Agnew, said:
All children deserve the best possible education and state of the art facilities are a big part of that. This
funding will transform the condition of school buildings and help our best schools to expand, creating more
good school places for families and raising standards for pupils. This will build on the hard work of teachers
and our reforms, which have resulted in 1.9 million more children being taught in good or outstanding schools
than in 2010.
The Condition Improvement Fund is an annual funding allocation that academies and sixth-form colleges are invited to bid for. In addition to improving the quality of school facilities, the fund also enables Good or Outstanding schools to expand where there is a need for them to do so.