SFT works with every local authority across Scotland to drive forward the Scottish Government’s £1.8bn Scotland's Schools for the Future programme. SFT’s role is to efficiently and effectively manage the programme to help local authorities achieve the very best value-for-money for their investment in new schools.
In September 2010, the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Pumpherston and Uphall Station Community Primary School was carried out by the then Skills Minister Keith Brown. The school, near Livingston, was the first to be funded through the Scotland's Schools for the Future programme and was officially opened in February 2012.
At its outset, the programme was expected to deliver 55 new or refurbished schools. By focussing on the delivery of ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’, achieving savings through collaborative working and carefully managing the programme budget, SFT’s work has enabled the number of schools to be built within the programme to be increased from 55 to 67 – an extra 12 schools.
In his announcement on the Draft Budget 2015/16, John Swinney gave an update on the areas that will benefit from the additional £1bn to be invested through the NPD programme. Of that, £330m has been allocated for the Scotland's Schools for the Future programme - £100m released to support the delivery of new build and refurbishment projects identified in October and £230m to be invested in new projects announced on 25 January 2016.
The total number of schools in the programme now stands at 112.