I have worked with schools to develop projects, including a large SSA bid, and can shed some light. The initiative involves planning sustainable community access while enhancing sports and arts facilities available to children. Three factors are delaying implementation.
First, there is little time for schools to engage fully with the process. Second, the culture gap that can exist between school and council officers impedes their ability to work together. Third, the initiative brings together so many agendas - curriculum development, budgets, building schedules, community needs, sustainability - it is difficult to marry them all quickly.
Community development takes time. The process cannot be jump-started by a government anxious to fulfil hastily-made promises.
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