Scottish schools to benefit from £230m building boost

The BBC is reporting that the Scottish government has confirmed that £230m will be used to build or refurbish 19 schools.

It represents the final phrase of the £1.8bn Schools for the Future programme.

Ministers said more than 6,500 pupils will benefit from the plans, which should be completed by March 2020.

Confirmation came as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visited South Ayrshire’s Queen Margaret Academy, one of the schools to be re-built…

Following the announcement, Ms Sturgeon 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.”

…Scottish Labour’s Iain Gray said that while the investment was welcome for the individual schools, “it did not mask the impact SNP government cuts will have on schools”…

The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), the country’s largest union for teachers and lecturers, welcomed the school buildings upgrade plan…

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Spending decisions in the run up to an election are always going to be controversial, and it appears this is not new money, as such, but just a decision on how existing funding will be spent.

I wonder how the 19 schools have been selected and whether they sit in marginal constituencies (forgive the cynicism 😉 ).

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