In August 2019, Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged an additional £14 Billion cash boost for schools over the next 3 years.
This will mean an extra £2.6bn of funding for 2020/21, £4.8bn for 2021/22, and £7.1bn for 2022/23.
Ministers say the pledge means every secondary school will receive a minimum of £5,000 per pupil next year, while every primary school will get a minimum of £4,000 from 2021/22.
While this may all be dependent on the outcome of the current Brexit debate in parliament and a potential general election in the very near future, there is growing cross-party support to finally tackle the funding shortfall that schools have had to cope with for a significant number of years.
Schools have become used to having to manage conflicting demands with limited budgets and having to make difficult choices in relation to where they spend their money to maintain their operational effectiveness.
When it comes to purchasing educational furniture some of the budget furniture available on the high street might seem like good value for money at the outset and a cheaper option than some purpose-made school furniture, but it needs to be highly durable to stand up to classroom demands.
If the product hasn’t been manufactured to cope with the stress and high-impact use in the classroom, its life-span may be shorter than furniture purpose-made for classroom use and therefore prove more costly in the long-run.
An investment in a modern purpose equipped classroom, conducive to a healthy and positive learning environment need not be a repeating cost every few years if the purchasing decisions are made with quality, robustness and longevity in mind.
Ambic have always had a very simple message at the core of their manufacturing philosophy – they don’t make cheap, mass-produced furniture. There are numerous manufacturers and suppliers who can offer a wide array of standard classroom furniture, usually off the shelf solutions which can be supplied at short notice. Ambic recognise that for most schools, furniture and classroom fittings represent significant spending from limited funds, and they want many, many years of use from their new furniture and equipment.
Ambic also make all their furniture to order, from the simplest classroom desk right up to full laboratory or canteen installations – this means that customers can request a wide range of variations in size, colour and design to their own individual specification, usually at no extra cost.
So whether you are just looking to replace a few tired looking classroom desks or planning a full refurbishment of existing rooms within your school, consider the benefits of furnishing your school with high quality furniture that’s going to do it’s job for a long, long time – one less thing to worry about in future years of financial uncertainty.