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This conference examined the future of school buildings and the development of the schools estate in England - including improvement of estate quality, the school buildings market, and maximising the benefits of improved facilities.
It was also an opportunity to discuss the direction for direction of government policy on school building and refurbishment under new political leadership.
Delegates assessed the ongoing rollout and implementation of the Government’s 10-year school rebuilding programme, with 100 projects underway and a third set of 61 schools announced in July 2022.
They also looked at issues around support for schools that have not been accepted onto the programme and how their needs can be met.
Overall, the agenda looked at:
- improving the quality of the schools estate in England - key priorities moving forward - effective digital infrastructure - developing facilities fit for the long term
- the school rebuilding programme - policy priorities - rollout - lessons learnt so far
- the current school buildings market - strategies for land acquisition
- environmental sustainability and energy efficiency - school buildings for the future - role in contributing to net-zero - cost of running school buildings amid rising energy prices
- benefits of improved facilities - impact on educational outcomes - teaching quality - maximising community use
We are pleased to have been able to include keynote sessions with Jane Balderstone, Programme Director, School Rebuilding, Department for Education; Rory Kennedy, Director, Capital, Department for Education; Robert Gould, Partner, Barker Associates; and Fellow, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors; and Matt Robertson, Associate Director, Property, LocatED.