Poor Building Maintenance and Schools

How building maintenance has an effect on our education

School building maintenance image by pxl.store (via Shutterstock).
Whether a traditional village primary school or a local comprehensive school, building maintenance has an effect on our education. Image by pxl.store (via Shutterstock).

If you can cast your mind back to your school days, you might have mixed memories about your years of compulsory education. As well as the teachers, friends, bullies, and the subjects you were taught, the building can trigger some memories. In terms of the building, you might remember your time in a swish metal, brick, and glass campus. Or attending classes set to the rhythm of leaky roofs. Whether a state-of-the-art academy, iconic fee-paying school, or the underfunded comprehensive of St. Pebbledash, building maintenance matters.

Why, more than anything, does building maintenance matter in an educational environment? Firstly, the facilities must be designed and managed in a way which empowers students and pupils. Corridors and layouts should be easy to negotiate. Classrooms should be well ventilated and heated in the winter.

Secondly, any shortcomings in building maintenance could affect the pupil’s performance. The lack of quiet space for exams could reduce concentration. Flickering lights can have an effect on pupils with sensory issues, especially when coupled with autism spectrum conditions. Ditto the above with background noise issues, especially with communal areas like school canteens and gymnasiums.

Building maintenance issues may only tell half the story

A lot of schools would like to improve the learning environment for their pupils. What is preventing this, in England and Wales at least, is the present funding structure. The Department for Education’s pot is favouring the creation of new Free Schools and Grammar Schools.

Besides political issues (which go beyond the remit of this post), the gap between funding for what one MP called a ‘vanity project’ and standard schools will widen. Throughout most of our schools. The £500m allocated for this week’s Budget [08 March 2017] is less than the £1bn pledged by Gordon Brown’s first budget in 1997. Changes to the National Funding Formula have seen Salford City Council’s [our borough’s] funding cut by £309 per pupil.

In short, this is a real terms cut that is preventing our schools from being properly maintained. With fewer resources for building maintenance, there will be future generations taking their maths lessons to the tune of raindrops kissing a bucket. If you require any building maintenance in Manchester whether you are a school or an industrial factory get in touch with us today and we will be more than happy to help.

ST Maintenance Solutions, 08 March 2017.

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