Council welcomes news of £1 billion funding for schools

A Scottish Government announcement of a £1 billion investment for rebuilding and refurbishing schools across the country has been welcomed by the City of Edinburgh Council.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney made the pledge at the Education Building Scotland Conference in Edinburgh this morning (Wednesday 21 November).

The new funding will start from 2021 when the current school building programme ends.

Cllr Ian Perry, Education Convener, said: “Today’s announcement is welcome news as it gives us the opportunity to forge ahead with our ambitious plans to replace six high schools as part of our Wave 4 programme. We want to replace these poor condition high school buildings with fit for purpose, learning and community hubs. These will be innovatively and sustainably designed so they are inspirational places for learning for the next generation.   

“We already have robust business cases in place and will be developing master plans so we are in a prime position to take forward these plans. We estimate that around £200m is needed and have identified potential Council funding of £100m. We will be delighted to work in partnership with the Scottish Government, COSLA and others to develop a joined-up investment strategy which will ensure the full Wave 4 programme can be implemented as quickly as possible.”  

Cllr Alison Dickie, Education Vice Convener, said: “This announcement from the Scottish Government gives us a great opportunity to innovatively build schools for the future that are fit for 21st Century learning. A key element of any new school design are the many aspects that support greater accessibility and inclusion for all young people.  

“As a former teacher I know how important it is to embrace innovative ways of improving the learning environment. We will ensure that new schools are designed to be inclusive and meet the wide variety of learning styles and learner needs. When pupils are comfortable and happy, they will want to engage even more in the amazing learning that is already taking place, which is everyone's end goal. We are committed to creating a first-class education estate and ensuring all our children have the best possible learning environment in which to flourish.”

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