The Department has launched a privately financed programme to provide school facilities. It is intended to address those schools in the worst condition.
Ministers may also take into account pressing cases of basic need (the requirement for additional school places) and other ministerial priorities. The programme is likely to include a mix of primary schools, secondary schools, special schools, sixth form colleges and alternative provision.
To calculate the floor area and rebuilding costs, insert "1" in the secondary pupil number and capacity boxes and the balance in the post-16 boxes. So for example if the total number for the establishment is 240, insert "1" and "239" respectively in the boxes.
All decisions will be made by the Department in accordance with the process described in the Invitation Letter.
The selection process will be carried out as set out in the Invitation Letter.
The programme could not have been announced earlier as a considerable amount of preparation had to take place beforehand. The deadline for receipt of applications is 14 October, which will allow sufficient time for applications to be made following the end of the summer holidays.
The schools in the worst condition are those that require investment. New maintenance strategies will deal with the future upkeep of schools.
The first priority is to ensure that condition need is met. Suitability for inclusion in a PPP programme will be considered once condition need is met.
We will look at other criteria such as deliverability and will consider other published departmental policies and priorities.
It is likely that schools will be batched so as to ensure that the programme is structured as efficiently as possible. The position on batching will be clearer once applications have been processed.
The data collected under this application process will be used to determine whether you are included in the first or subsequent groups of schools in this programme, or are not included in the programme at all.
Only if you do not have surveys or if existing surveys were carried out more than two years ago and have not been updated since.
See the weblink in the Invitation Letter for further information.
This question is still being considered and advice will be issued in due course.
Voluntary aided schools may apply either via their local authority or via their Diocese/faith body, but should not apply through both routes.
A privately financed project would need to cover the whole school site and unless at least 70 per cent (by floor area) of a school is replaced, the work is unlikely to be value for money.
Yes but there will be significant constraints.
No - that will be a matter for the central negotiating team but you will have some say in the governing body arrangements. These will govern what risks sit with individual schools.
We will allocate a design and technical lead to work with you to ensure that, where appropriate, local issues and requirements are recognised and taken into account in negotiations.
The local authority/school will be expected to offer assistance and facilitate the provision of information, ensuring in particular that information relating to any staff expected to transfer to the contractor is made available in good time and that information relating to the school site(s) is made available in advance of the procurement. The local authority may also be expected to assist in the process of obtaining necessary statutory approvals.
No. As the procurement will be handled centrally it is not expected that staff costs will be significant.
We are considering contract management issues. We expect that schools will have some involvement. At a minimum this would be in reporting and in identifying shortfalls in availability and service provision.
This will be considered by the central negotiating team on a case-by-case basis with value for money being the key driver.
Revenue funding contributions will be agreed with each school and will be made annually, subject to inflationary adjustments, for the duration of the contract period, i.e. approximately 25 years. As a rough guide schools should be prepared to contribute between £50 and £60 for facilities management costs (including maintenance and cleaning) and between £10 and £20 for utilities, in each case per square metre, per year and excluding VAT. The mechanism for covering these costs has yet to be considered.
Provision of soft services is likely to be procured centrally to achieve value for money.
The primary and secondary pupil number boxes should be completed in the normal way; the base area standard (which will be half-way between that of a primary and a secondary school) is automatically adjusted for middle schools.
While many special schools will accommodate a wide range of needs, some are for predominantly ambulant pupils, such as those for MLD or BESD, while others are for predominantly non-ambulant pupils with PMLD and SLD, who require more specialist medical, hygiene and therapy provision. The non-ambulant category should be applied where all these facilities, typically including a hydrotherapy pool, would be needed for the majority of pupils.