On 19th January 2016 the Education Funding Agency published Essential School Maintenance – a guide for schools
The guidance stresses importance of effective school maintenance and highlights good practice.
All school buildings should facilitate education within a weather tight and safe environment. The environment has the potential to adversely affect education, but this risk can be significantly reduced with appropriate maintenance. Deferred maintenance often results in substantial costs required in the future.
School buildings are important long term assets that are often also used as community facilities. Every type of school building should have effective stewardship and a maintenance regime to ensure safe condition and a secure environment.
The note is aimed at all those with responsibilities for maintaining school buildings, including head teachers, business managers and facilities managers.