Boris Johnson is to announce a major spending blitz for schools in a bid to ensure that “every child gets a world-class education.”
The Prime Minister will lay the groundwork for a vast programme of building and repairs when he addresses the nation on his post-Covid vision in a speech on Tuesday.
Part of the plans will include a 10-year pledge to improve school and college facilities, with construction work set to start on the first 50 projects in September 2021, Downing Street said.
Speaking before a school visit planned for Monday, Mr Johnson, said: “All children deserve the best possible start in life – regardless of their background or where they live.”
He continued: “As we bounce back from the pandemic, it’s important we lay the foundations for a country where everyone has the opportunity to succeed, with our younger generations front and centre of this mission.
“This major new investment will make sure our schools and colleges are fit for the future, with better facilities and brand new buildings so that every child gets a world-class education.”
In addition to a £1 billion cash injection into next year’s construction projects, £560 million will go towards school repairs over the course of 2020.
Further education colleges will also see £200 million of the £1.5 billion promised by Chancellor Rishi Sunak during the Spring Budget.
This money will go towards fast-tracking work to transform college estates over the next five years.
Details of the programme, along with eligibility for funding, will be laid out in full at the next Spending Review, Number 10 confirmed.
Investment will be targeted at school buildings in the worst condition across England – including “substantial investment” in the north and the midlands.
The Government is aiming for the projects to use modern and green construction methods both to help meet the UK’s net zero emissions target by 2050 and also create highly skilled jobs in the construction sector.