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Holyrood backs school build plans

The Scottish Government is set to give the go-ahead for 35 new schools to be built across the country as part of a £1.25bn project.

Scotland’s Schools for the Future programme announced the first lot of schools to be built last year but they have now been backed to proceed after the local authorities concerned and funding body the Scottish Futures Trust reached agreement on financing issues.

One special school, 20 primaries and 14 secondaries will be built in the plans to be outlined by Scottish Government Schools Minister Keith Brown, who will discuss the schools estate with MSPs during a visit to the Holyrood Parliament. The projects to be announced by Mr Brown will take up funding of about £300M of the overall package.

Construction work on the first schools is set to start later this year and the first primary is pencilled in to be finished next year, with the first secondary earmarked for completion in 2013. Mr Brown will also set down a detailed timetable which states the funding each school project will command.

Secondary schools are being built on a 67-33 funding basis between Holyrood and the local councils, with primary funding being split 50-50. Schools in the Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Eilean Siar and Highland regions will be among the first to be built under the schedule.

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