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Building Schools for the Future Programme

Volume 503: debated on Wednesday 6 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which local authorities have received no funding under the Building Schools for the Future programme; and if he will make a statement. (303726)

75 local authorities have received no funding under the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme. 20 of these have already entered the BSF programme but will not have received any funding by the end of the 2009-10 financial year. These authorities are set out in the following list.

Local authority

Bedford

Brent

Camden

Croydon

Darlington

Hammersmith and Fulham

Havering

Hillingdon

Hounslow

Kingston

Norfolk

Plymouth

Sefton

Staffordshire

Stockton on Tees

Suffolk

Wakefield

Walsall

Warrington

Worcestershire

The remaining 55 local authorities are listed as follows. Those marked with an asterisk have received funding under the BSF One School pathfinder programme.

Local authority

Bath and North East Somerset*

Bexley

Bracknell Forest*

Brighton and Hove

Bromley

Buckinghamshire*

Bury

Calderdale

Cheshire East

Cheshire West and Chester

City of London

Cornwall*

Cumbria

Dorset*

Dudley

East Riding of Yorkshire

East Sussex*

Gloucestershire*

Harrow*

Herefordshire*

Isle of Wight

Isles of Scilly

Lincolnshire

Medway

Merton

Central Bedfordshire

Milton Keynes

North Somerset*

North Yorkshire*

Northamptonshire

Northumberland

Oxfordshire

Reading

Redbridge*

Richmond upon Thames*

Rutland*

Shropshire*

Slough

South Gloucestershire*

Southend-on-Sea*

Stockport

Surrey

Sutton*

Swindon

Thurrock

Torbay*

Trafford

Warwickshire

West Berkshire*

West Sussex*

Wiltshire

Windsor and Maidenhead*

Wirral*

Wokingham*

York*

The DCSF remains committed to the aim of BSF to provide 21st-century teaching and learning facilities for all secondary pupils and staff in England. The following link includes information on the indicative reprioritisation of BSF based on the revised expressions of interest provided in November 2008 by all authorities with projects in waves 7 to 15 of BSF.

http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/management/resourcesfinanceandbuilding/bsf/rnp/

On current timescales it is expected that all local authorities will have completed, or be in the final stages of their BSF projects by 2020.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what measures are in place to ensure that schools being constructed under his Department's Building Schools for the Future programme have high-calibre facilities for education in science, engineering and technology. (309300)

The aim of Building Schools for the Future (BSF), the largest capital investment programme for 50 years, is to provide world-class teaching and learning environments across the whole curriculum, including science, engineering and technology. We have a number of measures in place to support this, including:

PfS standard contract documents

The ‘Facilities and Services Output Specification (Design Brief)’ includes design standards and references for all curriculum subjects. For more information on BSF standard documents, see:

www.partnershipsforschools.org.uk/library/library.jsp

Design guidance: Building Bulletin 80

‘Science Accommodation for Secondary Schools’ and Building Bulletin 81: ‘Design and Technology Accommodation for Secondary Schools’ provide detailed design guidance on space standards, services, furniture and equipment. For more information on the Department's design guidance see:

www.teachernet.gov.uk/schoolbuildings/

Exemplar designs

Project Faraday has developed exemplar designs for school laboratories to meet the needs of 21st century practical science teaching. These exemplar projects, many of which are already built, will inform and inspire all those involved in BSF. For more information on Project Faraday see:

www.teachernet.gov.uk/schoolbuildings/