Schools are facing another challenge as the demand for primary school places is steadily increasing and despite over 80,000 additional places having been created in the past two years, it is estimated that a further 240,000 places will be required in the next two years.
The issue has been created due to the rise in the number of children born in England between 2001 and 2011. It was the largest 10-year increase since the 1950s and these children are now moving through the school systems.
Schools have received additional funding to support the creation of new places. More than £5 billion has been invested into creating new school places since 2010. Each school will need to spend their share of this budget with care in order to use it efficiently to ensure those extra places can be delivered.
Modular classroom units may provide a simple way for schools to increase capacity without the cost and timescale required in a traditional brick build.Modular buildings can be installed with minimum disruption to existing operations and can be relocated or extended in the future to offer far more flexibility than a permanent construction.These modular buildings are not converted from old containers, but purpose-built high quality, anti-vandal units, built in accordance with British Standard Codes of Practice.
Although schools will also need to use the funding for teaching staff, furniture and resources, it is often the additional space that causes the biggest challenge and greatest drain on finances. A modular classroom may provide an affordable solution that can be positioned at the start of school holidays, so there is time to prepare the space for use.
In terms of flexibility, our modular buildings can be prepared with a range of internal layouts and fittings, so they can be used for classrooms, staff offices, sports changing rooms or even toilet blocks.
To reduce on-going costs, environmentally conscious suppliers are now ensuring that modular buildings are energy efficient tested and certificated. They are efficient at temperature control with insulation that exceeds building regulations and timers on water boilers. They can be fitted with features such as passive infra-red lights (PIR), double glazing, low energy fluorescent lighting and where plumbing is required, taps and urinals with passive, on-demand flushing and water for hand basins.
Every parent wants the best education for their children and every school wants to deliver the best education and keep within budget. Parental concerns, over whether there are sufficient school places, just add extra worries to an already big decision about which schools to select.