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Schools: Construction

Question for Department for Education

UIN 65187, tabled on 22 February 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the condition of schools built in the 1960s under Second Consortium of Local Authorities programme.

Answered on

1 March 2017

The Property Data Survey (PDS) was carried out to gather high level condition data on schools in the education estate, in order to better inform the Department on how to allocate capital funding to schools. The PDS provided condition data on 18,830 schools in England and provided condition data on each block in schools (59,967 blocks across the school estate).

Information on the age of school blocks was collected through the PDS and the categories used to define the age of blocks were Pre 1919, Inter War, 1945 to 1966, 1967 to 1976, post 1976 and temporary premises. The PDS did not specifically identify blocks built between 1960 and 1969. We did, however, identify buildings built between 1945 to 1966 and 1967 to 1976.

The PDS gathered condition data on a majority of schools in Hampshire. The Department does not hold specific condition information on blocks built in the 1960s under the Second Consortium of Local Authorities programme.

The Department is currently undertaking a new data collection; the Condition Data Collection (CDC) programme. This is the successor to the PDS. It aims to build on the successes of PDS in collecting independent centrally managed data about the condition of the school estate nationally.

The programme will commence in February 2017 and continue until autumn 2019. We aim to collect data on all state funded schools excluding Independent Specialist Providers, Special Post 16 Institutions and Further Education colleges. The data collected should provide information on areas of the highest condition need and drive our approach on how we invest in order to prioritise funding.