Government injects £2bn into upgrading 277 schools

The government is injecting £2bn into rebuilding or refurbishing 277 schools across England.

The funding is being released under the second phase of the government’s flagship Priority School Building Programme. The first phase of the programme is already seeing 260 schools upgraded, bringing the total number to receive a revamp to 537.

The government has also published details of how more than £4bn will be allocated between 2015 and 2018 to schools, local authorities, academy trusts, and voluntary-aided partnerships to help them improve the condition of schools across the country.

Education secretary Nicky Morgan said: “As part of our long term economic plan, we have continued to invest in school buildings which will ensure we can deliver even more great new schools, transform the learning environment for tens of thousands of pupils and their teachers whilst delivering value for money for the taxpayer.

“We’re also making sure, for the first time, that every local area can benefit from more funding certainty, so that local councils, academy trusts and voluntary-aided partnerships can plan ahead and make the right investment decisions that will deliver the best possible value for their schools.”

“We’re also making sure, for the first time, that every local area can benefit from more funding certainty, so that local councils, academy trusts and voluntary-aided partnerships can plan ahead and make the right investment decisions that will deliver the best possible value for their schools.”

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