School Condition Allocation (SCA) and larger MATs
You need a condition survey before you can prioritise SCA spending
Each year, the largest Multi Academy Trusts (MATs), with at least five academies and more than 3,000 students in them, receive a School Condition Allocation (SCA) from the Government’s Education and Skills Funding Agency.
The SCA is for keeping academy buildings in good condition so that students have a safe and suitable environment to learn in. The fund is for:
Carrying out priority maintenance needs.
Keeping buildings safe and in good working order
Tackling poor building condition
Ensuring building compliance with energy efficiency and health and safety legislation
SCA and MAT responsibilities
In order to apportion an SCA grant strategically across a potentially large, widely distributed and varied estate where it will do most good, a MAT’s management team must have a complete picture of its estate and the condition it’s in.
A MAT management board in receipt of a SCA is required to carry out its duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and comply with all relevant building regulations.
It must also understand in detail the data relating to the current condition of its estate and develop a long-term asset management strategy. The easiest way to achieve this is to incorporate a schedule of condition surveys in to an estate management plan.
What is a condition survey?
Surveyors to Education uses qualified and experienced surveyors to carry out condition surveys to provide objective information about the condition of your premises, using a common grading system to enable fair comparison across sites and to allow effective prioritisation.
Our condition surveys include:
A description and narrative of findings
Clear condition grades of individual premises within the estate
Recommendations for remedial works or replacements, and their costings
Identification of associated risks and priorities
Information about other benefits, for example energy savings
Ensuring a safe learning environment for students and staff
Knowing the condition of your buildings is the first step towards prioritising maintenance work and ensuring the health and safety of children, staff and visitors.