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Update from 21st Century Schools Board (February 2011)

Update from 21st Century Schools Board (February 2011)

The 21st Century Schools Programme Board met on 6th December 2010 to review progress on the 21st Century School Programme and next steps.

The 21st Century Schools Programme is a One Wales commitment and a unique collaboration between the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG), the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) and local authorities.  It is a major, long-term and strategic capital investment programme with the aim of creating a generation of 21st century schools in Wales.  

The programme will focus resources on the right schools in the right places, for early years through to post-16, with funding jointly provided by WAG and local authorities.

It is more than a building programme encompassing:

  • strategic planning by local authorities and others, planning to put the right provision in the right place and with associated change management;
  • an agreed set of national standards including ICT and environmental expectations;
  • a procurement strategy and associated support including capacity and capability development for the public sector (WAG and Local Authorities) to in order to plan and deliver this programme successfully;
  • a set of funding methodologies and a commitment to defined medium or long term funding levels by Welsh Assembly Government; and
  • a programme of projects including innovative exemplar projects.

The Board welcomed the submission by all local authorities of full Strategic Outline Programmes by the December deadline.  It noted the evaluation arrangements and intended timescale for responding to them and the progress that had been made on the definition of a set of standards for 21st Century Schools.

For more details on the next steps please select the related link on the right side of this page.