Modernising school buildings

Statistics show impact of investment.

Schools buildings across Scotland are in their best condition since recorded figures began.

According to new statistics 90% of schools were in good or satisfactory condition in April 2021, up from 61% in April 2007. This improvement has seen the percentage of pupils taught in good or satisfactory schools increase from 61% to 92% over the same period.

This is accompanied by a 77% fall in the number of pupils educated in schools in poor or bad condition. 1,000 schools have also been or substantially refurbished during the last 14 years (2007-08 to 2020-21).

The Scottish Government will invest £1bn to continue building and refurbishing schools as part of the Learning Estate Investment Programme.

Education Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville said:

“Schools are at the heart of every community across Scotland, which is why it’s vital that pupils are educated in facilities that are fit for purpose. Our hardworking teachers and support staff deserve to work in modern, high quality buildings too.

“These latest statistics illustrate how that investment is making a real difference to thousands of children and young people. In terms of measuring how our schools are improving, these are the best statistics since records began.

“And we want to do more. Our £2 billion Learning Estate Investment Programme will see schools upgraded across Scotland, benefitting around 50,000 pupils. Councils will play a big part in modernising schools and it is important that we work closely with them to deliver for children and young people across the country.”


View School Estate Statistics.

Through the £2 billion Learning Estate Investment Programme, Scottish Government will invest £1 billion, with local authorities also investing £1 billion. All projects will be announced and funding allocated by 2026.

Scotland’s Learning Estate Strategy.



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