New investment in school buildings

The Scottish GovernmentThe first wave of schools to benefit from the expanded Scotland’s Schools for the Future programme has been announced by Learning Minister Alasdair Allan.

A further £330 million funding, confirmed yesterday by Finance Secretary John Swinney, brings the total investment for the programme between the Scottish Government and local authorities to £1.8 billion.

The first 13 local authorities to receive funding to allow them to either rebuild or refurbish some of the poorest condition schools in their estate, was announced by the Minister for Learning at Waid Academy in Fife, one of the schools which will be replaced.

Dr Allan said:“The Scottish Government places a huge emphasis on high quality learning and is committed to delivering high quality, well designed, sustainable schools through the Scotland’s Schools for the Future programme. The additional funding is testament to this aim.

“We originally aimed to build or refurbish 55 schools across Scotland and we have already exceeded this by funding 67 projects. This extra funding will now allow us to almost double our original target.

“The new facilities being built are fantastic environments for our young people to learn in and often provide amenities for the wider community that will be enjoyed by generations to come.

“The projects are also a welcome boost to the local economy, creating apprenticeship opportunities for young people and construction jobs across the country.”

Gemma Boggs, schools programme director at Scottish Futures Trust, said:“We are delighted with the opportunity today’s announcement brings as it allows us to build on the huge progress we’ve made in managing the Scotland’s Schools for the Future programme.”

“We are very much looking forward to working collaboratively with local authorities to achieve the very best value for the investment in their school estate. Thousands of pupils across Scotland will benefit, as will hundreds of local SMEs when construction starts.”

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