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Cam sham – the truth behind a PM PR visit

In schools on May 10, 2011 at 8:39 pm

The PM came to my daughter’s school today! Not sure why. Read the rest of this entry »

#50 Why buildings matter, especially school buildings

In schools on July 13, 2010 at 11:13 pm

So no more Building Schools for the Future, then. We all knew it was coming, but my first reaction last week was: ‘Phew! Thank goodness the 1950s comp my daughter starts at in September has already been rebuilt,’ closely followed by: ‘There goes that gig I had doing architecture workshops with schoolkids in Ealing getting them to design their dream school.’

But for once it isn’t all me, me, me.  A quick look through the revised, revised, (revised?) list shows that just about every school in Ealing that was scheduled for a rebuild has been scrapped. Some with the pens poised over the contract and the wrecking balls ready to swing after the end of term in a fortnight. In a borough that already has to find several thousand more  school places from somewhere. All those kids who’ve been promised something better, just dumped. And the ones I met were really great kids too. Not to mention all those building firms that thought they had work this year and who will now probably just go bust.

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