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Building Schools for the Future Programme

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools constructed under the Building Schools for the Future programme have been the subject of a post-occupancy evaluation. (242684)

The Strategic Partnering Agreement between a local authority and their private sector partner (PSP) requires the PSP to carry out an evaluation of every school that is built one year after opening in order to demonstrate customer satisfaction. The methodology is to use the DQI-design quality indicator ‘in use' tool to capture customer views.

All major school projects, including those constructed within Building Schools for the Future, are required to undergo an environmental assessment using BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method). This method now includes a post-construction review which compares an assessment of the environmental impact of the school as constructed against impact as designed.

DCSF and Partnerships for Schools are exploring what other data it would be useful to collect, particularly 'hard' environmental data to evaluate how schools are performing against the 60 per cent. carbon reduction target. PfS is planning to pilot the broader approach before the end of the current financial year.

To date, Bristol Brunel Academy has carried out a DQI ‘in use' exercise.