Children, Schools and Families Committee

22 May 2008

Sustainable Schools and Building Schools for the Future

Follow-up to the Education and Skills Committee's report Sustainable Schools: are we building schools for the future?

The Children, Schools and Families Committee is seeking written evidence on progress in the Building Schools for the Future project and initiatives to make schools more sustainable.

The Committee would like to hear about progress on issues raised by the Education and Skills Committee, including:

  • The rate of progress that is being made in bringing projects to the construction stage;
  • How the experience of those in the early waves is being disseminated;
  • How the visioning process is being developed;
  • How the procurement process is working;
  • Progress on reducing schools' carbon emissions and on achieving zero carbon new school buildings;
  • How personalisation and other educational strategies are guiding the design of new schools; and
  • Developments in the procurement and design of ICT for schools.

The Committee would also like to receive comments on issues not covered in the Education and Skills Committee's report but which have arisen over the past year. In particular, the Committee would welcome views on:

  • how the need to cater for the 14-19 Diplomas and the joint working that will involve, and for the Government's proposal to raise the participation age for education and training to 18, is being addressed in BSF proposals; and
  • the Government's announcement in April about the 'acceleration' and 'streamlining' of Building Schools for the Future and its implications for the delivery of the project as a whole.

Written submissions should arrive by noon on Thursday 3 July.

Each submission should begin with a short summary in bullet point form. The paragraphs in the text of the submission should be numbered. A guide for written submissions to the Committee may be found on the parliamentary website at:

A copy of the submission should be sent by e-mail to

and an additional paper copy should be sent to:

Children, Schools and Families Select Committee
House of Commons
7 Millbank
London SW1P 3JA

The Education and Skills Committee's report can be found at

The Government's response can be found at

The DCSF press notice announcing changes to BSF can be found at

Once submitted, evidence is the property of the Committee. The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to make public the written evidence it receives, by publishing it on the internet, by printing it or by making it available through the Parliamentary Record Office. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure. The Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence. Please bear in mind that select committees are not able to investigate individual cases.

It would be helpful, for Data Protection purposes, if individuals wishing to submit written evidence send their contact details separately in a covering letter. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.