Henry Hepburn

Private finance legacy slows curriculum reform

Rules on buildings and extra costs among problems facing teachers and authorities

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Private-finance deals that were signed a generation ago are leaving Scottish schools struggling to adapt to Curriculum for Excellence and landing them with exorbitant bills for essential equipment, a Tes Scotland investigation reveals.

The charges include £180 to drill a hole in a wall, nearly £500 to move noticeboards and more than £1,200 to hang some papier-mâché lanterns, all affecting schools built under public-private partnership (PPP) and private finance initiative (PFI) schemes.

Teachers are warning that the money is being diverted from essential classroom resources such as books.

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