The risks involved with signing up to construction contracts, and the ongoing complexities arising from academisation plans, require a legal perspective. Andrea Squires of law firm Winckworth Sherwood addresses what schools should consider when discussing the prospect of expanding.
More and more schools are turning to modular build solutions as a result of two unmanageable and unrelenting increases – a rise in pupil place demand and a rise in building cost. Education Business looks at both increases and how modular buildings form part of the solution.
With pupil numbers on the increase and school places more contested, Jackie Maginnis, of the Modular Portable Building Association, looks at the fast capacity that modular buildings hold to construct more than just basic classrooms.
A well-designed lighting scheme can not only save on energy bills, it can have a positive impact on a child’s performance and well-being at school, writes Jo Jackson from the Lighting Industry Association.
The RIBA Awards celebrate success in architecture across the UK. With many schools shortlisted and announced as winners across the regional categories, Education Business looks at some of the architectural brilliance that is being recognised in our schools.
Education Business discusses the importance of acoustic considerations in the design of classrooms, as well as noise control and sound insulation. Highlighting the key factors in the planning of such rooms, we detail why schools benefit from proper, well designed acoustic classrooms and how attention to acoustic detail has the potential to enhance learning.
Is ‘modular’ the solution to the school places crisis? Graham Olway, principal manager, Capital Planning & Projects at West Sussex County Council, shares his thoughts on why ‘modular’ and not ‘traditional’ may be able to provide the most suitable solution to the impending school places crisis.
With funding opportunities for school capital projects thin on the ground in the UK, is it time to explore other ways of raising money for improvement programmes? Education experts Mairi Johnson and Chris Watson compare the UK and US education funding systems.