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BLUNKETT DETAILS o115M BOOST FOR SCHOOLS

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Education and employment secretary David Blunkett has released the names of Local Education Authorities (LEAs) and ...
Education and employment secretary David Blunkett has released the names of Local Education Authorities (LEAs) and schools which will share£115m to repair, replace or renovate over 2,000 schools in LEAs in England.

The o115m is made up of o83m from the 'New Deal for Schools' in

England and o32m partnership funding from other sources - the local authorities, churches and private sector.

This is the first phase of a o2bn programme of capital investment over the lifetime of this parliament which the chancellor announced in his budget statement on 2 July.

By 2002:

teachers and children will be working in modern classrooms; there will be up-to-date computers in all classrooms; every school will be linked to the Internet; teachers and young people will have access to the most advanced information software.

Mr Blunkett said:

'By 2002, millions of children will be learning in a modern civilised nation with a world-class education service at its heart.

'Raising standards in schools is at the heart of our education strategy - and we cannot raise standards without a modern school environment with the best technological equipment that a modern, forward-looking nation can supply.

'As a start, I am announcing o115m this year to improve security in schools, promote new technology and tackle the appalling backlog of repairs.

'Through this package: over o60m will be used to replace dilapidated classrooms and carrying out urgent repairs on nearly fifteen hundred schools;o14m will be invested in improving science and technology, including information and communications technology, in 350 schools; o6m will be invested in making 400 schools more secure

o1m will adapt premises for early excellence centres; o975,000 will be used to take forward six public private partnerships which offer the prospect of regenerating 120 schools; tens of thousands of children in over 2,000 schools will benefit from renovated buildings and improved facilities.

'It is a basic human right that our children and teachers should learn in classrooms that are warm, safe and weatherproof. Securing the basics will give us the opportunity to better focus on raising standards, using the most up-to-date technology, the great skills of our teachers and the eagerness to learn which rests with every child in the country.

'Together, this amounts to a 'New Deal for Schools'. It shows that when we say education is our first priority, we mean it.'

NOTES

1. The announcement of the scheme was made by the prime minister.

2. The programme will include funding from central government and other sources - private sector, local authorities and the churches.

3. The New Deal for Schools funding will be used to develop Public Private Partnerships with the private sector to repair and maintain many schools.

4. A list of schools and LEAs involved is available on request from LGCnet. Tel 0171 833 7324/5 and we shall fax you a copy.

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