Capital investment in schools to continue

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Education Secretary, Michael Gove, has promised that investment in school buildings in England will continue, despite the abolition of the Building Schools for the Future scheme.

Giving evidence to the cross-party Education Select Committee, he said money would be made more directly available to schools to develop their buildings in the future.

Referring to the PR fiasco when he announced the abolition of the BSF program, he said: "An impression has been created that with the ending of BSF, that means schools capital ends overall and that's because so much rhetorical hype was invested in BSF by the previous government.

"But as you know, BSF was only a third of capital investment overall in schools and in fact by ending this bureaucratic scheme we make it easier to allocate capital to schools in the future.

"One of the things we want to do is ensure that there is more money particularly for primary schools, particularly for schools in dilapidation than might otherwise have been the case."

He added:  "It's important that we communicate to schools, to parents and to pupils that capital investment in schools will continue."