| || Building Better Schools: Investing in Scotland's Future || 2009 || Building Better Schools: Investing in Scotland's Future, is the new school estate strategy which builds upon and supersedes the previous strategy published in 2003. The Strategy is relevant to all parts of the school learning environment - the building and spaces, the grounds, the fixtures and facilities, even the furniture - and to all schools, not just those being replaced or refurbished. It focuses firmly on those who benefit from improvements to the estate - the pupils, the staff, the parents and the wider community. |
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Suitability Core Fact
| 2008 || The Suitability Core Fact seeks to provide a measure of the extent to which a school building and its grounds are appropriate in providing an environment which supports quality learning and teaching and those other services provided to individual children and to the school community, in terms of practicality, accessibility and convenience. Schools are rated from A to D. |
Condition Core Fact
Guidance for local authorities on the assessment of school condition. This guidance outlines some changes to the current system and provides a suggested assessment methodology, including a scoring and weighting system. Two case studies are included to illustrate the suggested methodology.
| || School Design: Optimising the internal environment || 2007 || Guidance for local authorities on internal environmental conditions in schools. This guidance covers internal air quality ( IAQ), heating, ventilation and acoustics in school buildings. The document suggests ways in which local authorities might consider improving internal environmental comfort to create better learning and teaching environments. |
| || Post Occupancy Evaluation Workshop || 2005 || Developments and experiences of schools evaluation with local authorities. |
| || Post Occupancy Evaluation - Braes High School, Falkirk || 2005 || The Scottish Executive commissioned Chris Watson to undertake a demonstration evaluation of Braes High School in Falkirk. The exercise involved interviews with groups of stakeholders (including staff, pupils, managers, council officials and community users) to seek their views about what was good, and what was not so good, about their school building. |
| || Output Specification || 2004 || For local authorities preparing an output specification for PPP projects. |
| || Option Appraisal || 2004 || Provides advice to local authorities on how to carry out an assessment of investment options. |
| || Evaluation || 2004 || To help local authorities evaluate how well a completed school building project meets the needs of the school's community, including students, parents and staff. |
| || Managing Schools During Construction Projects || 2004 || Aimed principally at Head Teachers and school management teams to assist in planning and managing the tasks they may face during a major construction project. |
| || Sustainability || 2004 || Outlines the principles to consider and the process to follow, in order to achieve a sustainable school. |
| || Fire Safety in Schools || 2003 || |
Aimed at local authorities and other stakeholders with an interest in establishing and maintaining a safe school environment free from fire and its effects.
Following the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005, this guidance has been superseded by the new Fire Safety Guide publication: EDUCATIONAL AND DAY CARE FOR CHILDREN PREMISES, which is available on the Fire Law website
The Fire Safety in Schools document when read in conjunction with the new Fire Safety Guide will still be a useful source of general information and guidance for local authority officers.
| || Case Studies || 2003 || An illustrated collection of case studies that show how Scottish authorities are implementing the school estate strategy. |
| || School Design || 2003 || Why design is important, key questions and ten points to consider to ensure good design, including through the procurement process, and some recent examples of good practice across Europe. |
| || School Estate Management Plans || 2003 || Provides further advice on school estate management plans and is intended to help local authorities in developing their own plans. |
| || Core Facts || 2003 || |
Guidance to local authorities, with the purpose of establishing a baseline picture of the current school estate and to provide a way to measure the benefits of long term investment (only in PDF).
| || The 21st Century School || 2003 || Provides details on a range of policies that impact on the delivery of better public services through the school estate. |
| || Building Our Future - Scotland's School Estate || 2003 || |
The key strategy publication, sets out the vision for well designed, well built and well managed schools.