Johnson announces new school building programme

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set out a transformative ten-year rebuilding programme for schools across England.

The first major rebuilding programme to be launched since 2014, the announcement means that schools will benefit from substantial additional investment. Schools and colleges will also receive funding this year to refurbish buildings in order to continue raising standards across the country.

The rebuilding programme will start in 2020-21 with the first 50 projects, supported by over £1 billion in funding. Further details of the new, multi-wave ten-year construction programme will be set out at the next Spending Review.

Investment will be targeted at school buildings in the worst condition across England – including substantial investment in the North and the Midlands – as part of the Prime Minister’s plan to level up opportunity for all.

The Prime Minister will commit more than £1 billion to fund the first 50 projects of a new, ten-year school rebuilding programme, starting from 2020-21. These projects will be confirmed in the autumn, and construction on the first sites will begin from September 2021. This is in addition to £560 million and £200 million for repairs and upgrades to schools and FE colleges respectively this year.

The government also claims that rebuilding projects will be greener, helping meet the net zero target, and will focus on modern construction methods to create highly skilled jobs and boost the construction sector.

Johnson said: "All children deserve the best possible start in life – regardless of their background or where they live. As we bounce back from the pandemic, it’s important we lay the foundations for a country where everyone has the opportunity to succeed, with our younger generations front and centre of this mission.

"This major new investment will make sure our schools and colleges are fit for the future, with better facilities and brand new buildings so that every child gets a world-class education."