BSF is about transforming secondary education to further improve education outcomes in all parts of the country. This is the first time that capital investment has been directly linked to school improvement and pupil achievement.

It is clear that new capital build alone cannot deliver the step change we are seeking in secondary education.

However, it can provide a very powerful catalyst for change and improvement across Authorities. A key challenge for everyone involved in the BSF programme is to ensure that the focus on education outcomes remains strong and secure throughout the process, notwithstanding the ambitious scale of development and the pressures on time, budgets and procurement.

The Education Vision is therefore critical and central to the whole project from first discussions with stakeholders to the successful operation of the new schools.