We’ve just published a report entitled ‘Rethinking schools capital investment: the new 3Rs? – Refresh, refurb, reuse. We’re loading the whole thing up as a permanent section to this site and you can download it here (pdf). It has been produced in conjunction with Scott Brownrigg and Davis Langdon.
The New 3Rs – refresh, refurbishment and reuse of schools
I believe that investment in school environments is an overlooked tool for the improvement of school standards. Alongside quality teaching and purposeful leadership, decent school environments inspire pupils to give their best and properly enable our teachers to teach. Decent air, light, acoustics and quality are as vital as water in helping you concentrate and learn.
The Big School Makeover, a national educational programme, enables schools to think about those neglected or wasted spaces for teaching and learning and change them within days. With our partners, Willmott Dixon, we transform spaces to be ﬁt for learning and provide a showcase for British products and expertise.
We need to think more about the state of our schools and then act on sorting them out. This new pamphlet from BCSE members highlights work, large and small, that could help change the school experience for pupil and teacher alike.
Thank you to all, but particularly Michael Olliff, who it was a pleasure to edit. We are creating world class schools in this country and a little pride would not go amiss.