Looking After Your School Buildings


Click HERE to access the 'Good Estate Management' for schools. This is the latest government advice for schools and responsible bodies to help manage your school estate effectively, to save money and to ensure a healthy, safe and sustainable school environment.

Information includes: 

  • Policies, processes and documents schools should aim to have in place

  • Governance arrangements

  • Governance, budgeting, procurement & emergency planning procedures

  • How to use data to measure performance of estate, enco0urage sustainability & manage energy and water used

  • Advice on planning and prioritizing maintenance

  • Health & Safety

  • Advice on planning, managing & delivering estate projects

  • Tools & checklists to help schools manage school buildings & land

  • Terminology – common terms used in the manuals

Building Development Plans

All schools and academies are encouraged to use a Buildings Development Plan when planning budgets for the school year. For advice on creating and maintaining your own Building Development Plan, contact the School Buildings Officer. 


It is important to instil a culture of compliance within a school, meaning that everybody within the school understands the health and saftey rules, and that they understand their own role in making sure that these rules are followed. The aim of the compliance document "School Tests Inspection Checklist" is to prompt Headteachers, school business managers and site managers to implement appropriate testing, and inspection of systems and equipment within the school premises. Some items may not be applicable to your specific site, and the list is in no way definitive, but rather offers a guide.  This document does not replace professional advice and we would strongly recommend the use of professional advice where required.

School Tests Inspection Checklist

Academies Land and Buildings Collection Tool (LBCT)

The LBCT collects information about the land and buildings used by academies and academy trusts. It is an annual snapshot of the trust's land and building assets. 

For more information on the LBCT please visit the Government website 


RAAC is a lightweight form of concrete commonly used in construction between the 1950s and mid 1990s. The Government has been working with schools to manage the potential risks of RAAC since 2018 by providing guidance and capital funding.

For more information on RAAC, including the list of schools affected, please visit the government website below. If you have any concerns about RAAC, please contact the School Buildings Officer, and your Local Authority.

List of schools affected by RAAC and what you need to know about the new guidance

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