Investment in Midlothian’s learning spaces

Education in Midlothian has received a £300,000 boost from the Scottish Government towards new “state of the art” learning spaces.

The four Learning Spaces of the Future will be created within existing vacant classrooms.

An nouncing the cash from the Inspiring Learning Spaces fund, Cabinet Secretary for Education Angela Constance said: “We want to deliver a world class education for every child in the country and the space in which children learn has a key role to play.

“In addition to creating enjoyable, creative and modern learning spaces, these projects will also help make the transition from school to further education, training or employment easier for young people.”

Midlothian Council says the award recognises the county as one of the leading authorities when it comes to innovation in schools. One school will pilot cutting edge technologies and the latest digital learning approaches. The lessons learned will contribute to the design of a new generation of Scottish schools which deliver the objectives of Curriculum for Excellence in inspiring and innovative ways.

Midlothian’s Head of Education, Dr Grace Vickers, said: “The Classroom of the Future Project is a great example of how Midlothian is aiming to deliver a world class education system. Our vision is to provide young people with the best possible learning experiences in order to equip them with the skills they need for learning, life and work in the 21st century. The project will allow teachers and learners to try out some of the latest interactive multimedia technologies within a state of the art learning environment.”

Midlothian North MSP Colin Beattie (SNP) said: “This latest funding underlines the SNP Scottish government’s commitment to ensuring every child receives a world class education and will create the modern and creative new learning spaces we need to achieve this.”