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School building funding shake-up in Wales

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The way school building programmes are organised and funded is to change

Education Minister Leighton Andrews has to unveiled changes to the way school building programmes in Wales are organised and funded.

Councils will be encouraged to develop investment plans for all their schools and colleges, rather than looking at projects on a case by case basis.

Investment will then be prioritised and more closely aligned to government policies.

A survey into the condition of school buildings has also been commissioned.

The "21st Century Schools Programme" is a joint plan drawn up by the assembly government and the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA).

Mr Andrews said there needed to be a move away from the "spread the butter thinly" approach of the past to a more effective, strategic funding based on need.

He said: "The challenge is to use the investment to raise standards, inspire both learners and teachers and be adaptable to meet the changing needs of learners in a rapidly developing economy."

Peter Fox, of the WLGA, said the programme would enable councils to deliver learning environments which would inspire teachers and learners, as well as meeting new developments in education and technology.

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