New chief executive wants to improve school delivery

The British Council for School Environments is to increase its regional presence by opening a series of bases across the UK over the next six to nine months, its new chief executive has revealed.

Nusrat Faizullah, who joined the BCSE in September, said that having a stronger regional spread was “essential, as different areas have been affected so differently by the cuts to education spending. Local networks can also help support and share local solutions.”

She said that the London-based charity and membership body, which aims to promote the delivery of improved learning environments, would open a base in Wales later this month, followed by one in Scotland and one in the north of England. She added that the organisation is also considering a presence in Northern Ireland.

She said: “We realise the education sector is in a queue for money, and we have to make clear arguments about how investment should be made. It’s on the education sector and industry to make clear what the outcomes of spending on school buildings can be.”

Faizullah has taken over leadership of the BCSE from founding director Ty Goddard, who announced his intention to step down from his role in June.