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Scotland schools to get £230m refresh

Final phase of Schools for the Future programme will see 19 schools built or refurbished

Posted by Stephanie Broad | January 26, 2016 | Bricks & mortar

More than 6,500 pupils are expected to benefit from the final phase of the £1.8bn Schools for the Future programme, under which 19 schools will be built or refurbished. A mix of maintained and academy schools will benefit from the plans.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the plans at Queen Margaret Academy in South Ayrshire. She said: "We are working hard to improve educational standards across the country to make sure that every child in Scotland has the ability to achieve their potential.

"Part of that is making sure that children have the right physical environment to learn in. This ambitious plan will replace older schools across the country with new, modern buildings that will bring benefits to the whole community." 

As class sizes rise across the UK, the investment is expected to help ease pressure on schools against a backdrop of cuts and targets, what Liam McArthur MSP calls “a daily struggle to meet rigid, top-down targets imposed by the Scottish government.” 

General secretary of teachers’ union Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), Larry Flanagan, told the BBC: "While there is much work still to be done to ensure that all pupils and teachers are working in up-to-date, modern buildings that provide a sound environment for learning and teaching, it is a positive development that the Scottish government is continuing its investment in school building programmes."

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