Building Schools for the Future/Priority School Building Programme
Produced in partnership with Lucinda Baker of Harrison Clark Rickerbys
Building Schools for the Future/Priority School Building Programme

The following Construction guidance note Produced in partnership with Lucinda Baker of Harrison Clark Rickerbys provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Building Schools for the Future/Priority School Building Programme
  • Building Schools for the Future
  • Priority School Building Programme
  • Construction contracts

This Practice Note considers the Building Schools for the Future government scheme the current Priority School Building Programme. It also looks at the construction contracts used and common negotiation points.

Building Schools for the Future

Building Schools for the Future (BSF) was a labour government run scheme announced in 2003 by the Department for Education and Skills (which later became the Department for Education or DFE). It was launched in 2004. The aim of the scheme was, among other things, to initiate a step change in children’s education by improving facilities, property and learning environments within local secondary schools. BSF was to be funded by a £55bn fund to improve schools over a 15–20-year period.

The scheme was administered nationally by Partnerships for Schools, which was established by the DFE as both a company and a non-departmental public body (ie a government sponsored body operating at arm’s length). It was funded jointly by DFE and Partnerships UK (which was a public/private body run to promote PFI schemes, and which was dissolved in 2011). The scheme was run locally under Local Education Partnerships which typically were made up of private sector and local authority partners (namely private sector partner, local education authority and Building Schools for the Future Investments (the investment arm of Partnerships for Schools)) all of which operated under a