DfE announces £500 million for academy buildings

The government has announced £514 million to help expand and improve buildings and facilities at around 1,300 academies and sixth-form colleges.

The ‘Condition improvement fund’ supports expansion building works at academies rated ‘good’ or better by Ofsted, and more minor improvements at others..

In total, 1,556 projects will get a share of the fund, which is an annual allocation to improve the quality of school facilities.

About £38 million will go towards facilities such as changing rooms, playgrounds, kitchens and sports halls as part of the ‘Healthy pupils capital fund’.

This money has been raised in part from the levy on the soft drinks industry.

Lord Agnew, the academies minister, said the 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”.