The Child at the Heart of Design

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The Schools Programme, funded by £500,000 from the Scottish Government over three years, is fundamentally about giving architectural meaning to the objective of putting the child at the heart of design. It does this by collaborating with local authorities to make the best use of their significant investment programme designed to transform Scotland’s schools.

Like other nations, Scotland has many major agendas to address – including an ambitious new educational framework, The Curriculum for Excellence. This investment, coupled with these ambitions, represents a massive opportunity for the buildings which lie at the heart of Scotland’s 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 (one of many reasons why PEB, which we must get used to calling CELE, is important to this programme). With the Schools Directorate of the Scottish Government, the Programme will collaborate on a series of initiatives 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.

This Programme reflects a passionate belief in the “architecture of hope”, meaning that how we build our schools affects how we engage with education: it gives physical expression to how we view the future.

Read the article on the OECD website.

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