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Schools will be able to save money when buying property-related services through the Crown Commercial Service’s new estates framework. Education Business explains how it will work

Wells Cathedral School (new music facilities)

There was a selection of educational buildings that were recognised for their inspiring designs at the RIBA National Awards 2017

Bedales School, credit Matthew Rice

Better-designed school buildings that are safe and encourage children to learn are amongst the recommendations RIBA has highlighted in its manifesto for the new government.

A new understanding of the links between light and health have led to ‘humancentric’ lighting, which boosts vitality, promotes well-being and enhances productive capacity and concentration.

Since the Chancellor announced in the Spring Budget that £216 million will be invested into refurbishing existing schools there have been concerns over whether this sum will be enough

Embodied carbon is the total greenhouse gas emissions generated to produce a building and is a vital consideration when commissioning a sustainable new school

Well-designed school grounds can help to take learning outside the classroom, encourage more active lifestyles, and give them a chance to apply skills they have learnt across the curriculum

More than 2,000 new schools must be built within the next four years to accommodate the rising number of pupils in England, according to Scape Group’s ‘School Places Challenge’ report.

With many schools suffering from overcrowded classrooms and a school place shortage, Craig Riley considers whether modular buildings can play a part in tackling these challenges.

Interior design in a learning environment should enhance the performance of those within the building. Christine Boswell shares her advice for creating a stimulating school interior.

Takeley Primary School (Photo: Anthony Coleman)

Architects Sarah Wigglesworth and Eleanor Brough share their key principles of good design and how they can be delivered through a collaborative and engaged design process.

The start of this autumn term has seen 28 schools completed through the Priority School Building Programme, the government’s scheme to refurbish and rebuild some of the most run-down school buildings in the country.

Whether your school or college is planning to add new buildings, refurbishing existing buildings or carrying out ongoing maintenance work, Education Estates will help you source the information, solutions, and ideas that you need.

With 10,000 more children under the age of four in Hertfordshire compared to a decade ago, the county council shares its strategic approach to making sure every child has a school place.

RIBA’s Emilia Plotka examines how excellent design can help the government’s capital funding programme stretch as far as possible.

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