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With imagination and an eye for detail in school construction, ABACUS CONSTRUCTION will deliver on quality and price. We are independently exor accredited in school construction and hold the exor gold award for our high standards of quality and service.
School repairs, school classroom refurbishments, new school classrooms, general school / college construction, school roof repairs, school grounds landscaping, school and nursery play areas, thermoplastic playground markings, sand pits, school fencing, security fencing, school bicycle sheds, covered walkways, new parking areas for school teachers and visitors, resurfacing of school playgrounds, and many more.
Abacus Construction offer a wide range of school building and school construction services for nurseries, primary schools, secondary schools and colleges.
Based in Wellington, Somerset, and established in 1986, we have successfully completed several school construction, and school classroom refurbishment projects and can offer quality and reliability at a competitive price.
So if you are looking for any building work for your school or college, from minor school repairs, new fencing, and new play areas to full school building and construction, you've found the right company!
Here are some recent news stories around the web regarding school funding:-
The government is failing to recruit enough teachers and stopping current staff from leaving the profession, school leaders warned today.
A survey of 800 head teachers by the National Association of Head Teachers revealed that teacher recruitment has been reported as a significant problem for the fourth consecutive year.
The number of heads who reported they struggled or failed to recruit across a number of roles had risen from 78% in 2014 to 79% in 2015 and 2016, reaching 80% this year.
NAHT deputy general secretary Nick Brook said: “Despite four years of warnings by NAHT, the recruitment crisis continues unabated.
“The government is still failing to provide enough teachers for our growing school population.
“The recruitment pipeline is leaking, with insufficient numbers of newly qualified teachers coming into the system and too many experienced teachers leaving prematurely.”
In 2014 9% of those surveyed said budgetary pressures were to blame for the recruitment problem but this has jumped to 33% this year.
Retention is another area of concern. For the first time school leaders were asked if they were aware of any of their staff having left the profession in the last year for reasons other than retirement - 66% said they were.[ Read more... ]
Calls for action come after significant cuts to libraries in recent years
Some of Britain’s best-known children’s authors are calling on education secretary Justine Greening to personally intervene to save school libraries from further cuts, amid what campaigners claim is a “literacy crisis”.
Philip Pullman, Nick Sharratt, Francesca Simon and former Children’s Laureates Chris Riddell and Malorie Blackman are among 150 writers and literacy campaigners supporting a letter sent to Ms Greening today by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).
The letter, written by Dawn Finch, the institute's immediate past president, asks Ms Greening to make an “urgent intervention to halt the decline of library provision and the numbers of qualified librarians in state-funded schools and colleges in England”.
It warns that “the UK is in the midst of a literacy crisis” and states: “Rates of teenage literacy in England are lower than those of other OECD nations. We are the only nation in the OCED in which rates of literacy for 16-24 year-olds are lower than those of people aged 55 and over.”[ Read more... ]
Head teachers' leaders are "extremely disappointed" by what they say is the Budget's failure to address "urgent" school funding shortages in England.
Geoff Barton, leader of the ASCL heads' union, said extra cash for maths was a "drop in the ocean" and schools would still face real-terms cuts.
Maths A-level will be encouraged, with £600 for schools for each pupil taking the subject above current numbers.
The Chancellor said maths skills were needed for "cutting edge" jobs. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn criticised the lack of movement on student debt and warned that schools in England would be "5% worse off by 2019".
In his Budget speech, Philip Hammond announced a £117m boost for maths, alongside plans to train 12,000 computer teachers and more support for adult re-training.[ Read more... ]