Local schools to benefit from funding boost to improve facilities
Chris Green, Member of Parliament for Bolton West, has welcomed the announcement that local schools will benefit from funding to improve school facilities.
Bolton West has been allocated its share of the £434 million investment to expand classrooms, upgrade facilities and improve the education of children across the country.
This funding will ensure schools have well-maintained facilities to provide pupils with safe environments that support a high-quality education. It is part of the £1.4 billion of capital funding for 2020-21 announced in April and is provided through the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF).
On top of this, the Prime Minister has also announced a new transformative 10-year school rebuilding programme. This will be kick-started with over £1 billion for the first 50 projects in 2020-21.
This major new investment will ensure our schools and colleges can focus on teaching, with brand new buildings and better facilities so that every child gets the world-class education all our children deserve.
The £1 billion package is on top of the £14 billion three-year funding settlement announced last year - recognising the additional work schools will need to do to help pupils to catch up.
Commenting, Mr Green said:
Coping with Covid-19 has been incredibly difficult for everyone involved in our schools, not least the disruption that pupils have had to suffer.
As we leave lockdown, I am glad that the Government is looking to invest more money in our schools and ensure we have an improved learning environment.
Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson said:
My number-one focus will always be to make sure every student has access to excellent education and training.
Replacing and upgrading poor condition school and college buildings with modern, energy efficient designs will give our students and teachers the environment they deserve, and support them to maximise their potential.
As we look forward to this September and all children returning to school, we can be assured that for years to come this country’s education system will drive opportunity and prosperity for all.
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