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12 new Scottish Schools for the Future projects announced

An extra 12 schools will be built through the Scottish Schools for the Future (SSF) programme, first minister Alex Salmond has announced

Efficiency savings mean the next phase of the £1.25 billion programme will include 30 schools rather than the 18 originally planned.

SSF was announced in 2009 and is being run by the Scottish Futures Trust using a hybrid model of public and private finance.

Salmond (pictured) said: ‘These additional projects are entirely possible due to the efficiency and effectiveness of infrastructure investment in Scotland.’

He added: ‘Recent figures reveal that 82 per cent of Scottish school children are now being taught in good quality buildings.’

A short-term working group will be established to provide the criteria for selecting schools to benefit from the programme.

The focus will be on condition and suitability of school buildings, and the group will comprise of representatives from the Scottish Futures Trust, the Scottish Government and local authorities.

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