The government has unveiled a ten-year rebuilding programme for schools in England, the first major project of its kind to have been launched since 2014.
Both schools and colleges are set to receive funding this year to continue raising standards in the country by refurbishing buildings. The programme is due to begin in 2020-2021 with the first 50 projects, set to be confirmed in the autumn. The next Spending Review will set out further details of the scheme.
These rebuilding projects will be more sustainable in order to help the government meet its net zero target, focusing on modern methods of construction to boost the industry and create highly skilled jobs.
Boris Johnson said: “As we bounce back from the pandemic, it’s important we lay the foundations for a country where everyone has the opportunity to succeed, with our younger generations front and centre of this mission.
“This major new investment will make sure our schools and colleges are fit for the future, with better facilities and brand new buildings so that every child gets a world-class education”
The investment will be prioritised based on the condition of a school’s buildings, with further details of the programme, as well as the approach to eligibility, to be confirmed later in the year.
Mr Johnson is also set to unveil a new workforce that will be chaired by chancellor RIshi Sunak, in charge of driving forward the modernisation of schools, hospitals, rail and road infrastructure.
As well as stepping up the school modernisation programme, there will be 40 upgraded and new hospitals, four new prisons and focusing on quick delivery of the £25 billion roads programme.
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