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Our Schools Programme is fundamentally about giving architectural meaning to our objective of putting the child at the heart of design. We do this primarily by collaborating with Local Authorities to make the best use of their significant investment programme designed to transform Scotland’s schools. Like other nations we have many major agendas to address -including an ambitious new educational framework, The Curriculum for Excellence. This investment, coupled with these ambitions, represent a massive opportunity to remake the quality of the buildings which lie at the heart of our communities. We all want good schools. However we often have different ideas about what this means, depending on individual experiences and capabilities, and sometimes we lack both the evidence at hand to inform our decision-making, and the wider perspective to learn from what has been achieved elsewhere.

With The Schools Directorate of the Scottish Government we are driving through a series of initiatives which are designed to make it easier to match aspirations with delivery, and to remove some of the barriers to getting the schools we all want. This includes work on key topics such as more focused educational briefing, more meaningful learner participation, more modernisation from refurbishment, and more sharing of good practice.

What is ‘The Architecture of Hope’? For us it is the passionate belief that how we build our schools affects how we engage with education: it gives physical expression to how we view the future.

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