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Commenting on the announcement by the Prime Minister of a ten year rebuilding programme for schools, Dr Patrick Roach, General Secretary of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union said:

“The NASUWT has been consistently highlighting the lack of investment in school buildings in recent years which has left many schools in a poor state of repair without the modern facilities they need to best support teaching and learning.

“Additional funding for rebuilding and upgrading school buildings is vital if schools are to improve opportunity for all and address the needs of children and young people now and into the future.

“Whilst further detail is needed on exactly how many schools will benefit from future additional Government spending, it is also vital that investment is delivered urgently to those schools in need to ensure that they can provide a safe environment for teaching and learning.

“A lesson from the Coronavirus crisis is that it will be critical that any future investment in school rebuilding is not just about upgrading, but also making schools more resilient and able to adapt in the event of any future challenges or crises that may occur.

“Alongside investment in bricks and mortar, the Government must also set out urgently its plans for securing the high-speed and high-quality digital infrastructure that will be key to ensuring that educational opportunities are fully accessible to every child and are not dependent on parents’ ability to pay.

“No child should be left behind in their education, wherever they are learning.” 

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