The government will launch a revised school building programme by summer 2008, it confirmed this week.

In its response to a select committee report on Building Schools for the Future, published earlier this year, the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) said it was reviewing the operation of waves seven to 15 of the programme.

The revised programme will enable local authorities to resubmit expressions of interest. However, the DCSF said it would place the “onus on authorities to get themselves ready [by their allocated time], or risk losing their slot to another project”.

Ty Goddard, director of the British Council for School Environments, welcomed the report but said that he still had “grave concerns” regarding the procurement process.