A+DS to Support Schools Design Excellence

Cabinet Secretary for Education, Fiona Hyslop MSP, has today to announced that the Scottish Government will be supporting the Architecture and Design Scotland (A+DS) schools design programme. The A+DS schools programme will give all councils access to specialist, one-to-one, advice on their school building projects.

The three year scheme will involve:

- An Education Design Champion promoting and inspiring good design in schools;

- Tailored assistance for all councils to provide impartial advice on their school projects;

- Design evaluations of some projects, reviewing the design process at key stages.

Launching the programme, at The Lighthouse in Glasgow, Fiona Hyslop said:

"Many things have a positive impact on pupils' learning but one of these is, undoubtedly, being taught in the right environment - one that is high quality, user friendly and well equipped.

"That's why we're funding Architecture and Design Scotland to work with councils to help them get the best results from their building programmes. By championing great design and providing support, they will be able to help share good practice throughout Scotland."

Sebastian Tombs, Chief Executive A+DS, said of the announcement:

"We're delighted to be working with the Scottish Government to champion excellence in school design. Recent polling carried out for Architecture and Design Scotland shows that 82% of Scots agree that well-designed schools can help children learn more effectively. A+DS Board Member Paul Stallan, who has recently taken on the role as our Education Design Champion, will be leading our efforts with the support of a dedicated staff team.

"We're looking forward to the challenge of engaging with councils to raise both awareness and ambition in the design of our schools. Schools that we will be proud for Scotland's children to learn in - and that are at the heart of their communities. Communities that are better by design".