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Next steps school buildings in England - rollout and delivery, serving local needs, and the future for design and construction

Morning, Tuesday, 15th September 2020

***Taking Place Online***

This conference will examine the priorities for England’s school buildings.

Key areas for discussion:

  • the rollout and delivery of buildings, including land acquisition, free schools, and ensuring that schools are built in the areas of greatest need,
  • improving the design and construction process for new schools,
  • ensuring that refurbished schools are sustainable and meet long term needs, and
  • the design of learning spaces.

The agenda:

  • Policy priorities for school buildings;
  • Next steps for rolling out new school buildings:
    • Best practice in acquisition and use of land for schools;
    • Assessing progress on the Priority School Building Programme; and
    • Next steps for increasing the number of free schools across England.
  • Delivering school buildings that serve long term need in local communities - siting decisions, use of new funding, and meeting environmental standards;
  • Use of MMC in school buildings and meeting modern demands - upgrading current facilities, regulations and standards, and accessibility and safety; and
  • The future design of learning spaces - modernising old builds, improving classroom design and creating opportunities to utilise edtech.

Why this is relevant: the context:

It takes place:

  • With the Priority School Building Programme, now in its second phase (PSBP2) - with a commitment for 277 schools to be refurbished by 2022 through capital grants;
  • following the commitment by Government of £400m for schools to improve their facilities, with applications favoured from trusts with prudent financial records;
  • Follows reports of the contractors that have been successful in applications to work on the Department’s £3bn programme to support the use of Modern Methods of Construction, with an aim of delivering 30 offsite schools a year for the next four years; and
  • As the Government continues to support the development of the free school programme in delivering new schools.

Policy officials attending

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stake holders. Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, DfE, Ofsted, Ofqual and other Government departments and agencies, schools and teaching professionals, design and construction businesses, providers of infrastructure and technology, consultants and analysts, local government as well as community and interest groups, groups representing parents and students, academics and commentators, together with reporters from the national and specialist media.

This conference will be online***

  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish
  • opportunities for delegate questions and comments
  • a permanent record of the proceedings will be made available to all delegates afterwards, including a recording of the addresses, all slides that have been made available, and further materials

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speakers

Rory Kennedy

Director of Capital, Department for Education

Lara Newman

Chief Executive, LocatED


Andrew Pryke

Head of Design, BAM Construct UK

Debra Massey

Headteacher, Howe Dell Primary School

Robbie Blackhurst

Framework Director, Procure Partnerships Framework

Helen Roberts

Partner, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios