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Estates Briefing

29th March 2019

Estates Briefing

Government funding announcements:

Spring Statement 2019

Philip Hammond will have disappointed many in the education sector with his Spring statement. The Chancellor announced additional funding to tackle knife crime, housing and the environment but no significant announcements for education funding despite widespread concern amongst Head teachers on the critical state of their finances. However, he did confirm that the government would fund free sanitary products in secondary schools and colleges in England from the next school year.

The next spending review is due to take place before the summer recess, assuming that a Brexit deal is agreed in the next few weeks…

Related topical content

School governors publicly call for more funding – A group of school governors has written to The Guardian, openly calling for more funding – Education Executive 14/03/2019

Head teacher talks of cleaning loos amid funds shortfall – BBC News 08/03/2019

Good Estate Management for Schools

The DfE’s Good Estate Management for Schools (GEMS) guidance was launched in April 2018 and continues to be updated. The framework is an excellent guide to the strategy and implementation of estate management principles across the education estate. The guide can be accessed through this link.  

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