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Finding the funding for school expansion

With growing pupil rolls, expansion is a priority for many schools – however, finance is a key consideration. Gareth Barber opens up the school place debate and looks into what funding options are on the table for those looking to upsize

Budget considerations are not a new challenge for the public sector; the fine balancing act of maintaining standards while increasing service provision on a limited spend is a constant.

Schools are required to address frequently changing ideas on what kind of environment pupils require, as well as the need to cater for more pupils than ever before. These demands mean changing, adapting and increasing facilities, within budgets of course.

Many schools and pre-schools are meeting these needs by expanding with new or add-on builds to increase the footprint of their site. As this becomes more commonplace, there is a need to share information and best practice on how and where to source funding so that spend in other areas is not compromised.

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