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Building Schools for the Future



Building Schools for the Future (BSF) is the multi-billion-pound scheme to provide state-of-the-art educational facilities to all secondary school children. This whole-school video presents the concept and the potential.

For secondary headteachers and teaching staff, Mukund Patel from the DfES discusses the idea behind BSF and the huge opportunity it offers secondary education.

Also meet two quite different BSF schools: Smiths Woods Secondary School in Chemsley Wood, the first BSF school due to open, and Whitefield Fishponds Community School in Bristol, some of whose pupils are involved with the Sorrell Foundation's Joined up Designs for Schools project.

BSF, however, is not without its critics. This video examines the difficulties for designers in predicting how learning environments will change in the future, as well as the lack of staff and pupil participation in the design process. It also look at some concerns over the increased involvement of public-sector finance in the education system.

Published : May 2006

30 mins


School Matters


Secondary Headteacher

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Secondary School Buildings


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