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Building Schools for the Future Programme

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 21 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many jobs have been created by the Building Schools for the Future programme in each year since its establishment; and in which sectors those jobs were created. (248736)

No data are available on the number of jobs created by the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme in each year since its establishment. So far, construction jobs are supported by capital allocations and commitments of £7,617 million to Wave 1 to Wave 6 of the BSF programme. This figure includes both capital grant and the capital value of PFI contracts. A tentative estimate of the number of jobs that have been and will be created across the period of construction of Wave 1 to Wave 6 is 95,000.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many One School Pathfinder projects have been set up by his Department under the Building Schools for the Future programme; and how many of those (a) have received formal guidance from Partnership for Schools and (b) have had a Partnership for Schools Director appointed to guide the project. (249639)

There are 39 One School Pathfinder projects. These are not part of the Building Schools for the Future programme.

The One School Pathfinder programme is a devolved programme that allows local authorities to rebuild one school with the highest level of building need that fits their long term strategic plans for education. The programme allows the local authority an opportunity to set up and test its approach to educational transformation in advance of joining the full Building Schools for the Future programme.

We believe that local authorities are best placed to make local decisions, and so expect authorities to manage single school projects themselves. Partnerships for Schools do not manage the One School Pathfinder programme and has not produced guidance.