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ERIC Number: EJ994272
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1377
Standards of School Buildings... or... Ignorance Is Bliss? Part 1
Piggott, Andy
Education in Science, n249 p14-15 Sep 2012
In 2010, the (then new) government cancelled the "Building Schools for the Future" (BSF) programme and instituted the James Review. The Review pointed to waste of money in a range of projects and also the lack of national information available on the state of schools' buildings. Since then, the government has announced the "Priority Schools Building Programme" (PSBP), which is supposed to focus on need, but which has been so overwhelmed by applications that pronouncement on which schools will form part of the programme was progressively delayed from December 2011 and the list finally published in late May 2012. The number of schools on the list is drastically curtailed from the number applying, leaving many schools wondering what to do with decrepit buildings. One positive result of the James Review is that there is to be a national survey (in England) of the state of school buildings. However, it appears that this is only a data-collecting exercise at present, while what is really needed is assessment of buildings by experienced personnel. The government has also committed itself to drastically reducing the amount of guidance on the design of school buildings, a move that has been condemned by many thinking architects. There is debate about the idea of using standardised designs, rather than having every new school designed from scratch. In this article, the author talks about the standards of school buildings.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)