Ross Playle welcomes funding to continue raising education standards at Silver End Academy and Elm Hall Primary School

  • Both Silver End Academy and Elm Hall Primary School are to benefit from upgraded facilities to improve the education of children

Witham Northern’s Conservative candidate, Ross Playle, has welcomed the announcement that both Elm Hall Primary School and Silver End Academy will benefit from funding to improve school facilities.

The schools, are 2 of 4 local schools which have been allocated a share of the £434 million investment to expand classrooms, upgrade facilities and improve the education of children across the whole country.

This funding will ensure schools have well-maintained facilities to provide students with safe environments that support a high-quality education.  It is part of the £1.4 billion of capital funding for 2020-21 announced in April and is provided through the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF).

On top of this, the Prime Minister has also announced a new transformative 10-year school rebuilding programme. This will be kick-started with over £1 billion for the first 50 projects in 2020-21. As we bounce back from the pandemic, it’s important we lay the foundations for a country where everyone has the opportunity to succeed, with our younger generations front and centre of this mission.

This major new investment will ensure our schools and colleges can focus on teaching, with brand new buildings and better facilities so that every child gets the world-class education all our children deserve.

Schools across the country have played their part in responding to coronavirus, ensuring their doors remained open for the children of essential workers – who have kept the NHS, public services and economy going throughout this crisis.

The £1 billion package is on top of the £14 billion three-year funding settlement announced last year - recognising the additional work schools will need to do to help students to catch up.

Commenting, Ross Playle said:

“As we exit lockdown we must focus on getting children back to school – and ensure that schools have the facilities and classrooms they need to support the high-quality education our children deserve. Essex County Council has been assisting schools and head teachers in our area to ensure local pupils can return safely as quickly as possible.

“This week, the Prime Minister has spoken about building back better and that must start with education. This funding will help ensure all children have the very best possible schools and education, enabling them to gain all the knowledge and skills they need for success.”

Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson said:

“My number-one focus will always be to make sure every student has access to excellent education and training.

“Replacing and upgrading poor condition school and college buildings with modern, energy efficient designs will give our students and teachers the environment they deserve, and support them to maximise their potential.

“As we look forward to this September and all children returning to school, we can be assured that for years to come this country’s education system will drive opportunity and prosperity for all.”