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School acoustics – making ourselves heard

We held a great seminar on monday at East Manchester Academy discussing the full range of issues connected to school acoustics. This is a topic we’ve looked at quite a bit in the past but it seemed like a good time to find out what changes had happened and will happen to the current guidance [...]

The James Review – digested

Well – its been a busy final day before the Easter holidays. Nothing like a 105 page government report to test your stamina!. We were asked this afternoon to comment on a BBC report that headlines the ‘failure of the school building system’ but as I said: there is much to be welcomed in the [...]

James Review is (finally) here

After a long wait, we finally have the Independent Review of Education Capital – the James Review – which sets out the 16 recommendations for the reform of the way schools are procured, designed and built.

Headlines from a plan for growth budget

As I predicted yesterday on this site, there was some positive news on education in today’s budget, particularly in the expansion of University Technical Colleges and praise for links between universities and these new 14-19 institutions. Education took centre stage in today’s budget alongside tax changes, fuel duty changes, scrapping of business regulations, planning reform [...]

Still waiting for Sebastian James…

The long heralded James Review on the future of schools capital seems to have had more pencilled-in launch dates than a NASA Shuttle. But we are pretty confident it will be launched shortly… For an industry that thrives on certainty, local authorities that need to plan and schools that need investment, this delay has implications. [...]

Free Schools debate – video finally live

The best things come to those who wait!! After a long while pulling the videos together, here is our fantastic free schools debate that took place at our BCSE Annual Conference last November. The views of this wonderfully diverse panel are a fascinating insight into the hot issues at the centre of the free schools [...]

Times Plus / Michael Gove education debate…

“EVIDENCE IS NOT THE PLURAL OF ANECDOTE…..” Give me the decayed glamour of a music hall in the East End; a panel discussion on education and I’m a happy man. This week I was a guest of Teach First at a Times Plus Newspaper debate:- ‘ Are our Schools Fit for purpose? ’ at Wilton’s [...]

Capital ‘James’ Review – our submission

It is clear that the much awaited Government’s Review of Capital Investment led by Sebastian James (pictured left) will represent a significant milestone in the development of a new approach to investing in the infrastructure and facilities in our schools across the country. The challenge is clear: how do we maintain a level of investment, [...]

Free schools – opening up the debate

We are just doing some final edits of video material from Gleeds TV from last year’s British Council for School Environments Annual conference and in particular the debate about Free Schools – with Fiona Millar, Indy Johar, Jon de Maria, Sobia Bashir, Dale Bassett and Pascale Scheurer – is one of the best and most [...]

New Year: time for fresh thinking on school capital

It’s been a long break from Centre for School Design activity – but with a lot of British Council for School Environments work in December including a study tour to New York and New Jersey, a new board of trustees and chairperson (Rachel Jones), a new office move to Islington, a second screening of the [...]

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