Tom calls on Government to publish school buildings review

Local MP, Tom Blenkinsop, has today (27th April 2012) called on the Tory-led government to stop holding back the publication of post-occupancy data on schools examining the link between school buildings and academic achievement.

The existence of the research has come to light after revealed findings from a major post-occupancy review by former delivery body Partnerships for Schools (PfS) into the performance of school buildings, which also had not been published.

Tom said:
“It’s about time the Government come clean with these findings. Transparency is a key pledge of this government and suppressing these findings not only fly’s in the face of that, but also risks the education of our young people.

“It is no secret that I have been a vocal critic of the decision to cut back Labour’s Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme – particularly when schools in my constituency such as Lawrence Jackson School and Kilton Thorpe Special School urgently need new buildings.

“The information that has been revealed so far is damning for the government. It backs up what everyone outside of the government has been saying – that poor quality buildings have a drastic impact on the standards of education children receive. The government must reveal the information immediately.”

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