£500 million now available for academy ‘health’ facilities

More than £500 million in funding has been released to improve and expand school facilities, the Department for Education (DfE) has announced today.

The funding will be allocated as part of the Condition Improvement Fund – supporting 1,556 projects across almost 1,300 academy schools.

The total figure includes almost £38 million drawn from the new ‘sugar tax’.

Minister for the School System, Lord Agnew, said the department hopes to improve children and young people’s physical and mental health by enhancing the quality of, and access to, facilities such as changing rooms, playgrounds, kitchens and sports halls.

“All children deserve the best possible education and state of the art facilities are a big part of that. This funding will transform the condition of school buildings and help our best schools to expand, creating more good school places for families and raising standards for pupils,” he said.

“This will build on the hard work of teachers and our reforms, which have resulted in 1.9 million more children being taught in good or outstanding schools than in 2010.”

Academy schools and sixth-form colleges – including those rated Good or Outstanding – are now invited to bid for a portion of the Condition Improvement Fund.

To find out more about the Condition Improvement Fund, please click here. Alternatively, contact a member of our specialist academy accounting department, who will be able to advise you and apply for funding on your behalf.

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