Schools: Facilities

Education and Skills written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Andy Reed Andy Reed PPS (Rt Hon Dawn Primarolo, Paymaster General), HM Treasury

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance as part of the Building Schools for the Future programme his Department offers local authorities on (a) community use of school facilities and (b) planning for community sporting need.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State (Schools and 14-19 Learners), Department for Education and Skills, Minister of State (Education and Skills) (Schools and 14-19 Learners)

The Building Schools for the Future (BSF) "Strategy for Change" document (July 2006) contains guidance for local authorities in BSF on a number of policy areas, including extended schools and community provision, and strategically developing their sport provision. In addition, Partnerships for Schools, Sport England and the Youth Sport Trust have jointly funded Sports Facilities Advisers to work closely with local authorities to ensure the strategic development of sport within the programme.

There is also a wide range of guidance available to all local authorities. For (a), the community use of school facilities, key documents include the prospectus "Extended Schools: Opportunity and Access to All", and "Planning and Funding Extended Schools" as well as the design guide "Designing Schools for Extended Services". For (b), planning for community sporting need, they include "Guidance on High Quality PE and Sport for Young People" and the design guide "Inspirational Design for PE and Sport Spaces". These documents are available to view or order at:

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