BCSE Director's StatementCommenting on the announcement on schools capital funding by Michael Gove today (July 19), Ty Goddard, director of the British Council for School Environments, said:
"Today's announcement recognises the profound need for investment in our school buildings. A decent school environment matters.
"Key to the new capital funding programme's success will be a common sense approach to allocation, which takes into account the needs of schools which apply. We must guard against some of the problems that were a hallmark of early PFI-funded schools.
"We also welcome funding to meet the requirements for new school places, which will create some breathing space for hard-pressed schools."
On the specific comments in regard to the recommendations of the James Review he added:
"The importance of a comprehensive survey into the school estate cannot be understated -- we can't be sure of what we need to do until we're sure of what the problems are.
"Complete standardisation of design may not be a panacea -- one size does not fit all.
"Simpler regulations and less red tape will lead to a large sigh of relief for all those professionals involved in the design and construction of schools.
"We look forward to responding to the consultation on the other recommendations."
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Please find the statement details from this lunchtime's parliamentary discussion here