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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-04630: Oliver Mundell (Dumfriesshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 10 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what recent consideration it has made of whether there is a need to modernise schools in rural areas.

Answered by: John Swinney 29 November 2016

The Scottish Government is committed to improving Scotland’s school estate. However, the 1980 Education (Scotland) Act places a statutory responsibility on local authorities to provide and maintain the school estate in their respective areas.

Under the Scotland’s Schools for the Future Programme, which is part funded by the Scottish Government, 11 rural schools will benefit from being refurbished or rebuilt. The focus of this programme has been to increase the proportion of children educated in schools which have been classified as ‘good’ or ‘satisfactory’.