Third independent evaluation of BSF published


The third annual independent evaluation of the BSF programme carried out by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) finds early evidence that BSF schools are raising pupil aspirations and improving behaviour.

More than eight out of 10 headteachers surveyed believe the government's programme to rebuild or refurbish England's secondary school estate is transforming learning in schools, according to a new report published today.

Tim Byles, chief executive of Partnerships for Schools, said: "When I visit schools across England and meet some of the 130,000 pupils and over 12,000 teachers already benefitting from BSF investment, I hear time and again about how new and refurbished schools and improved ICT are making a difference to young people and to staff.

"Today's independent evaluation of BSF progress shows the vast majority of heads and pupils in completed BSF schools are positive about the benefits from new and refurbished facilities. It also provides us with more evidence about: improvements in pupil attitudes, aspirations and behaviour; staff morale, recruitment and retention; and better access to school facilities for all members of the local community.”

Other key findings from headteachers surveyed as part of the evaluation include:
81% agreed or strongly agreed that BSF will contribute to educational transformation in their school
77% agreed or strongly agreed that BSF is more visionary than other capital investment programmes
84% believed that BSF is enabling their school to improve relationships with parents
80% believed BSF has the potential to improve the quality of teaching and learning
89% believed BSF will enable their school to be at the heart of their community

A copy of the PwC report can be found online at www.teachernet.gov.uk/management/resourcesfinanceandbuilding/bsf