This week, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) released their report ‘Better spaces for learning’ which looks at the state of school buildings. The report criticises the standardisation of the Government’s design specifications for school buildings, which has led to unnecessary service and maintenance costs of up to an estimated £150 million annually.
Not only this, RIBA identified that well designed schools improved pupil wellbeing, behaviour and attainment as reported by teachers who were also surveyed as part of the research.
As result of their findings, RIBA is calling for an urgent review of the Education Funding Agency’s (EFA) current school building programme and makes the following key recommendations for Government:
Review how information and communication flows between the school, Government, and design and construction teams during a project;
Adopt a more flexible approach to the rules governing the design and size of new schools to allow for the best possible use of resources;
Take a smarter approach to the use of building management equipment that controls the internal environment of modern school buildings.