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East Dunbartonshire’s Primary School Improvement Programme (PSIP) is the Council’s flagship project. Through this, we will provide modern schools with an enhanced learning environment that is designed for Curriculum for Excellence.

In doing this, we can help to give our young learners the best possible educational start in life and support them to achieve their full potential.

The Primary School Improvement Programme also tackles our need to address under-occupancy and ensure our primary estate is efficient and fit for purpose, ensuring that we are optimising our budget in a very tight financial climate for public services.

The quality of East Dunbartonshire’s education is recognised as being among the best in Scotland. Our ambitious and exciting Primary School Improvement Programme will help to ensure that we maintain that record of achievement.

So far, the Primary School Improvement Programme includes nine local schools – Lairdsland, Woodhill, Auchinairn, St Agatha’s, St Flannan’s, Lenzie, Lenzie Moss, St Joseph’s and St Andrew's. These form the £48 million programme which will provide five new, state-of-the-art buildings.

The new Lairdsland Primary School opened in April 2015 and is the reference design for all other new-build schools in the programme. The design has also been adapted as a reference design for Scotland by the Scottish Government

We recognise and understand the role our primary schools have within their local community and therefore the impact of proposed changes. That’s why consultation, engagement and working in partnership with the school community are the foundation of our approach to developing  our schools. Sharing, discussing and developing plans with each individual school community helps to ensure we meet the needs and aspirations of schools users, the education service and the local community.

We’re also working to ensure that we maximise the additional opportunities constructing the new schools can bring for the local community and economy, as we have done with Lairdsland in Kirkintilloch. For example the vocational partnership pilot project has increased employability in the construction industry for 12 local young people.

I’m delighted with the progress we’re making and I look forward to working with our communities to deliver these new schools and see the benefits they will bring to our young people in action.

Last Reviewed: 12/06/2015

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