Moray’s £300m learning estate strategy approved

MORAY’s £300 million learning estate strategy has been approved by councillors following a consultation with constituents.

The local authority said that the new strategy allows for individual solutions to be developed to meet the needs of different areas in Moray, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach – this could range from new facilities to overhauling existing schools.

The council said that the aim of the strategy is to ensure inclusive, accessible facilities to support the wellbeing of pupils and staff, buildings that are managed in the best way possible, alongside equipping schools with the appropriate digital technology.

Councillor Graham Leadbitter, of Moray Council, commented, “Now we know the principles our communities want to see underpin any development we can take an extremely positive step forward with our school estate in the new year.

“We’ll explore options that utilise schools to make best use of the space, capacity and developing technologies as well as future proof our learning estate for generations to come.”

Children and young people’s services chair at Moray Council, councillor Sonya Warren, added, “This isn’t a quick project, we’re investing in the long-term educational interests of Moray and ultimately creating top learning environments for pupils and staff to develop in.

“Our communities will have the opportunity to input to these developments and I look forward to seeing the progression in early 2021.”