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Over £48million invested in the schools estate under the minor works scheme in 2013

Schools across the north will benefit from almost 6million investment under the Department of Education's minor works scheme.
Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Speaking about the investment, Education Minister, John O’Dowd said: “In 2013, over £48million was allocated to minor works contracts with £6million being invested in 62 contracts during the month of December.

“This ongoing investment in the schools estate is having a positive impact on pupils, teachers and school staff in addition to providing a much needed boost to the construction industry, helping to sustain local jobs.  Continued investment in our schools estate is essential if we are to help support our teaching staff to deliver a quality education to all our children and young people.”

Minor works contracts awarded during December include the provision of a specialist pre-fabricated classroom at Loanends Primary School, Crumlin; refurbishment of the toilets at St Malachy’s Primary School, Armagh; disabled access and health and safety work at St Louis Grammar School, Kilkeel; refurbishment of the staff room at Cliftonville Integrated Primary School, Belfast; and provision of a special education needs room at Newtownards Nursery School.

The Minister continued by highlighting the additional funding for schools’ maintenance and major capital builds.  He said: “Last August I announced an additional £10million for schools’ maintenance, bringing the total allocation in this area to £47million for this financial year.  Also, since last year, I have given approval to proceed with new school projects representing a potential investment in the region of £350million.  

In conclusion, the Minister said: “I am confident that the ongoing substantial investment in the minor works programme will help in the drive to improve educational standards.  The completion of all of these works will ultimately provide better facilities for our children and young people to learn in and an improved working environment for teachers and other school staff.”

Notes to editors:

  1. From January to December 2013 over £48million was invested in minor works projects.
  2. Since last summer 40 new school building projects have been given approval to proceed representing a potential investment of £353million.  
  3. The Department of Education’s ‘Education Works’ campaign encourages families to play, talk, read and count with their child and to ‘Get Involved Because Education Works’. The campaign highlights the vital role families can play in helping children do well at school and improve their life chances. Visit NIdirect website for more information or watch the TV ad on the Department’s YouTube channel.
  4. View photos from the Department of Education in our Flickr collection.
  5. Media enquiries to the Department of Education’s Communications Team on Tel: 028 9127 9207. Out of office hours contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07699715440 and your call will be returned.