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Partnerships for Schools to manage all school building

Schools Minister Vernon Coaker has announced government delivery body Partnerships for Schools (PfS) is to take over the management and delivery of all school building and refurbishment programmes from the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF)

Schools Minister Vernon Coaker made the announcement yesterday (16 June) and said the PfS would take over from 1 October.

Those programmes that will be transferred include:

Primary Capital Programme: funding for national primary school building programme earmarked in every local authority - £1.6 billion earmarked up to 2011

Devolved Formula Capital: funding for schools which is spent on capital projects - £1.6 billion up to 2011

Targeted Capital Programmes: funding for a wide range of targeted projects aligned to specific policies including zero-carbon exemplar schools and school kitchens - £1.8 billion up to 2011.

In total, the value of capital programmes transferring to PfS is £15.58 billion up until 2011.

During a visit to the BSF school Beaumont Leys School, Vernon Coaker said: ‘BSF is now well established, with 86 schools benefitting from investment to date and momentum building fast so that newly revamped schools are opening, week after week, month after month – thanks to Partnerships for Schools’ management.

‘Now is the time for its role to expand. It is plain common sense for all our capital programmes to now come under a single umbrella, including the Primary Capital Programme which has now started in earnest this year. Local authorities, schools and all our partners want one point of contact for all their school building work – and today’s announcement will make all our programmes more effective, efficient, streamlined and accountable.’

PfS chief executive Tim Byles added: ‘We welcome today’s announcement and with it, the recognition of Partnerships for Schools’ track record as an effective delivery organisation. Most recently, the all-party Public Accounts Committee acknowledged the strengths of PfS’s central management and leadership of BSF and we look forward to applying the same approach to the wider family of capital programmes that seek to improve the life chances of all young people.’

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