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Schools Building Scheme Has Not Improved Results

Magazine article Public Finance

Schools Building Scheme Has Not Improved Results

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The Building Schools for the Future programme has had little effect on educational attainment, a consultants' report has found.

In its second annual report on the programme for the Department for Children, Schools and Families, published on January 20, PricewaterhouseCoopers said teachers and pupils were generally happy with the new or refurbished schools provided.

But the report added there was 'a clear message that buildings alone would not raise attainment, unless accompanied by other changes to how the school operated'.

The report concluded: 'The results as a whole suggest a positive impact of capital on attainment, but the magnitude is likely to be very small.'

There was no evidence in schools completed under the programme that the design of new buildings had 'significantly contributed to changing pedagogy and practice', it said.

Although teachers viewed the BSF favourably, only 29% of heads believed the involvement of the private sector would result in cost efficiencies, and just 20% said that it would prove useful for IT provision and maintenance. …

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