The Department has not made an estimate of the number of poor quality school buildings which are situated in deprived areas.
For primary schools, the most deprived areas will receive higher levels of funding in the Primary Capital Programme. For secondary schools, deprivation is a factor determining the prioritisation of funding in the Building Schools for the Future Programme.
Central government capital support for investment in schools has increased from under £700 million in 1996-97 to £6.4 billion in 2007-08 and will rise further to £8.2 billion by 2010-11. A substantial proportion of capital funding is targeted at transformational programmes, such as those referred to above.