The crumbling state of England's classrooms

31st August 2012 at 17:16
One in five survey respondents say classrooms are `unfit to teach in'

More than half of teachers believe their lessons are being hindered by the crumbling state of their classrooms, a survey released today has revealed.

A poll of more than 2,000 teachers conducted by TES and ITV1's Daybreak has also shown that one in five respondents felt their classrooms were unfit to teach in, while over a quarter said they would not want their own children to attend the school they teach in because of the state of disrepair.

The statistics lay bare the full extent to which schools are suffering due to underinvestment in rebuilding and refurbishment work.

Adele Simpson, headteacher of Moorside Primary School in Halifax said she was constantly having to make do and mend but was now finding it difficult to continue to run her school.

"I feel our situation is really desperate, we can't go on like this," she said. "It's like an uphill battle at school. We are forever patching up areas that have leaked or have fallen down."

Two-thirds of teachers taking part in the survey felt their school needed modernising, while more than 80 per cent said they felt improved facilities would have a positive impact on their pupils' learning and behaviour.

The decision by education secretary Michael Gove to axe the pound;55 billion Building Schools for the Future scheme left hundreds of schools in need of repairs and with cuts to overall capital budgets within the Department for Education many schools will have little chance of seeing their buildings refurbished.

Malcolm Trobe, deputy general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, warned that the majority of schools will not receive any money in the short term.

"Schools will have to think very, very carefully about how they spend their maintenance money because there will not be much investment in this area for at least five years," Mr Trobe said.

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