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Publication - Guidance

School estates: suitability reporting core facts

Published: 21 Nov 2017

Guidance for local authorities on reporting on the suitability of school estates.

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Contents
School estates: suitability reporting core facts
Appendix

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Appendix

Assessment worksheets

The worksheets for each of the six areas are appended for illustration - two are specific to secondary schools, one for primary schools and four are common to all schools. Electronic versions of these are available from the Scottish Government's school estate website - www.gov.scot/schoolestate/suitability, or call 0131 244 0373.

Method

When completing the worksheets, assess the fitness for purpose of the area by assigning a rating from A to D to each factor. The ratings will be aggregated automatically by the electronic spreadsheet to give an overall suitability assessment for the area.

Suitability Assessment - Primary

Category

Learning & Teaching Spaces
Weighting: 50%

ASN/ SFL

Classrooms/teaching areas

Practical/collaborative learning space

Other external learning areas

PE/games areas - internal

PE/games areas - external

Functionality

A

The shape, size and flexibility of the space fully support learning and teaching.

B

The shape, size and flexibility of the space generally support learning and teaching.

C

The shape, size and flexibility of the space impede the delivery of learning and teaching.

D

The shape, size and flexibility of the space seriously impede the delivery of learning and teaching.

Accessibility

A

The learning spaces across the school are accessible to all and fully support inclusion.

B

The learning spaces across the school are accessible to all and generally support inclusion.

C

The learning spaces across the school are only partly accessible and are seen to impede inclusion.

D

The learning spaces across the school have limited accessibility and are seen to seriously impede inclusion.

Environmental Conditions

A

The environmental conditions within the learning spaces fully support learning and teaching.

B

The environmental conditions within the learning spaces generally support learning and teaching.

C

The environmental conditions within the learning spaces impede learning and teaching.

D

The environmental conditions within the learning spaces seriously impede learning and teaching.

Safety & Security

A

Learning and teaching spaces are safe and secure and do not impact on learning and teaching

B

Learning and teaching spaces are generally safe and secure with minor problems which generally do not impact upon learning and teaching

C

Learning and teaching spaces have safety and security issues which impede learning and teaching

D

Learning and teaching spaces have safety and security issues which seriously impede learning and teaching

Fixed Furniture & Fittings

A

We have an extensive range of appropriate resources to allow a wide variety of teaching and learning to take place.

B

We have a range of appropriate resources to allow a wide variety of teaching and learning to take place.

C

We have a limited range of appropriate resources to allow a wide variety of teaching and learning to take place.

D

We lack the appropriate resources to allow a wide variety of teaching and learning to take place.

Comments

Please comment on any issues of particular concern, including any aspects rated as 'C' or 'D', to highlight good practice and to inform the suitability performance.

Suitability Assessment - Secondary

Category

General Learning & Teaching Spaces
Weighting: 25%

Non-practical classrooms

Collaborative
learning space

Private study

ASN/ SFL

Business Studies

Computers/ ICT

English

Geography

Guidance

History

Maths

Modern Languages

Modern Studies

RMPS

Functionality

A

The shape, size and flexibility of the space fully support learning and teaching.

B

The shape, size and flexibility of the space generally support learning and teaching.

C

The shape, size and flexibility of the space impede the delivery of learning and teaching.

D

The shape, size and flexibility of the space seriously impede the delivery of learning and teaching.

Accessibility

A

The learning spaces across the school are accessible to all and fully support inclusion.

B

The learning spaces across the school are accessible to all and generally support inclusion.

C

The learning spaces across the school are only partly accessible and are seen to impede inclusion.

D

The learning spaces across the school have limited accessibility and are seen to seriously impede inclusion.

Environmental Conditions

A

The environmental conditions within the learning spaces fully support learning and teaching.

B

The environmental conditions within the learning spaces generally support learning and teaching.

C

The environmental conditions within the learning spaces impede learning and teaching.

D

The environmental conditions within the learning spaces seriously impede learning and teaching.

Safety & Security

A

Learning and teaching spaces are safe and secure and do not impact on learning and teaching

B

Learning and teaching spaces are generally safe and secure with minor problems which generally do not impact upon learning and teaching

C

Learning and teaching spaces have safety and security issues which impede learning and teaching

D

Learning and teaching spaces have safety and security issues which seriously impede learning and teaching

Fixed Furniture & Fittings

A

We have an extensive range of appropriate resources to allow a wide variety of teaching and learning to take place.

B

We have a range of appropriate resources to allow a wide variety of teaching and learning to take place.

C

We have a limited range of appropriate resources to allow a wide variety of teaching and learning to take place.

D

We lack the appropriate resources to allow a wide variety of teaching and learning to take place.

Comments

Please comment on any issues of particular concern, including any aspects rated as 'C' or 'D', to highlight good practice and to inform the suitability performance.

Suitability Assessment - Secondary

Category

Practical Learning & Teaching Spaces
Weighting: 25%

Science

Technical

Art

Drama

Hospitality

Music/practice rooms

Other external learning areas

PE/games area - internal

PE/games area - external

Functionality

A

The shape, size and flexibility of the space fully support learning and teaching.

B

The shape, size and flexibility of the space generally support learning and teaching.

C

The shape, size and flexibility of the space impede the delivery of learning and teaching.

D

The shape, size and flexibility of the space seriously impede the delivery of learning and teaching.

Accessibility

A

The learning spaces across the school are accessible to all and fully support inclusion.

B

The learning spaces across the school are accessible to all and generally support inclusion.

C

The learning spaces across the school are only partly accessible and are seen to impede inclusion.

D

The learning spaces across the school have limited accessibility and are seen to seriously impede inclusion.

Environmental Conditions

A

The environmental conditions within the learning spaces fully support learning and teaching.

B

The environmental conditions within the learning spaces generally support learning and teaching.

C

The environmental conditions within the learning spaces impede learning and teaching.

D

The environmental conditions within the learning spaces seriously impede learning and teaching.

Safety & Security

A

Learning and teaching spaces are safe and secure and do not impact on learning and teaching

B

Learning and teaching spaces are generally safe and secure with minor problems which generally do not impact upon learning and teaching

C

Learning and teaching spaces have safety and security issues which impede learning and teaching

D

Learning and teaching spaces have safety and security issues which seriously impede learning and teaching

Fixed Furniture & Fittings

A

We have an extensive range of appropriate resources to allow a wide variety of teaching and learning to take place.

B

We have a range of appropriate resources to allow a wide variety of teaching and learning to take place.

C

We have a limited range of appropriate resources to allow a wide variety of teaching and learning to take place.

D

We lack the appropriate resources to allow a wide variety of teaching and learning to take place.

Comments

Please comment on any issues of particular concern, including any aspects rated as 'C' or 'D', to highlight good practice and to inform the suitability performance.

Suitability Assessment - All Schools

Category

Internal Social Spaces
Weighting: 15%

Assembly/exam area

Pupil social areas

Dining

Staff rooms

Functionality

A

The shape, size and flexibility of internal social spaces fully support individual or group activities.

B

The shape, size and flexibility of internal social spaces generally support individual or group activities.

C

The shape, size and flexibility of internal social spaces impede the delivery of individual or group activities.

D

The shape, size and flexibility of internal social spaces seriously impede the delivery of individual or group activities.

Accessibility

A

The internal social spaces across the school are accessible to all and fully support inclusion.

B

The internal social spaces across the school are accessible to all and generally support inclusion.

C

The internal social spaces across the school are only partly accessible and are seen to impede inclusion.

D

The internal social spaces across the school have limited accessibility and are seen to seriously impede inclusion.

Environmental Conditions

A

The environmental conditions within the internal social spaces fully support individual or group activities.

B

The environmental conditions within the internal social spaces generally support individual or group activities.

C

The environmental conditions within the internal social spaces impede individual or group activities.

D

The environmental conditions within the internal social spaces seriously impede individual or group activities.

Safety & Security

A

Internal social spaces are safe and secure and support socialising and relaxation.

B

Internal social spaces are generally safe and secure with minor problems which generally do not impact upon socialising and relaxation.

C

Internal social spaces have safety and security issues which impede socialising and relaxation.

D

Internal social spaces have safety and security issues which seriously impede socialising and relaxation.

Fixed Furniture & Fittings

A

We have a wide range of appropriate resources to support socialising and relaxation.

B

We have a range of appropriate resources to support socialising and relaxation.

C

We have a limited range of appropriate resources to support socialising and relaxation.

D

We lack the appropriate resources to support socialising and relaxation.

Comments

Please comment on any issues of particular concern, including any aspects rated as 'C' or 'D', to highlight good practice and to inform the suitability performance.

Suitability Assessment - All Schools

Category

Internal Facilities
Weighting: 15%

Library/learning
resource area

Reception

Management offices

Admin offices

Meeting rooms

Staff bases

Toilets

Circulation areas

Functionality

A

The shape, size and flexibility of the internal facilities fully support the operation of the school.

B

The shape, size and flexibility of the internal facilities generally support the operation of the school.

C

The shape, size and flexibility of the internal facilities impede the operation of the school.

D

The shape, size and flexibility of the internal facilities seriously impede the operation of the school.

Accessibility

A

The internal facilities across the school are accessible to all and fully support inclusion.

B

The internal facilities across the school are accessible to all and generally support inclusion.

C

The internal facilities across the school are only partly accessible and are seen to impede inclusion.

D

The internal facilities across the school have limited accessibility and are seen to seriously impede inclusion.

Environmental Conditions

A

The environmental conditions within the internal facilities fully support the operation of the school.

B

The environmental conditions within the internal facilities generally support the operation of the school.

C

The environmental conditions within the internal facilities impede the operation of the school.

D

The environmental conditions within the internal facilities seriously impede the operation of the school.

Safety & Security

A

Internal facilities are safe and secure and support the operation of the school.

B

Internal facilities are generally safe and secure with minor problems which generally do not impact upon the operation of the school.

C

Internal facilities have safety and security issues which impede the operation of the school.

D

Internal facilities have safety and security issues which seriously impede the operation of the school.

Fixed Furniture & Fittings

A

We have a wide range of appropriate resources to support the operation of the school.

B

We have a range of appropriate resources to support the operation of the school.

C

We have a limited range of appropriate resources to support the operation of the school.

D

We lack the appropriate resources to support the operation of the school.

Comments

Please comment on any issues of particular concern, including any aspects rated as 'C' or 'D', to highlight good practice and to inform the suitability performance.

Suitability Assessment - All Schools

Category

External Social Spaces
Weighting: 10%

External play & social areas

Functionality

A

The shape, size and flexibility of the external social spaces fully support individual or group activities.

B

The shape, size and flexibility of the external social spaces generally support individual or group activities.

C

The shape, size and flexibility of the external social spaces impede individual or group activities.

D

The shape, size and flexibility of the external social spaces seriously impede individual or group activities.

Accessibility

A

The external social spaces across the school are accessible to all and fully support inclusion.

B

The external social spaces across the school are accessible to all and generally support inclusion.

C

The external social spaces across the school are only partly accessible and are seen to impede inclusion.

D

The external social spaces across the school have limited accessibility and are seen to seriously impede inclusion.

Environmental Conditions

A

The environmental conditions within the external social spaces fully support individual or group activities.

B

The environmental conditions within the external social spaces generally support individual or group activities.

C

The environmental conditions within the external social spaces impede individual or group activities.

D

The environmental conditions within the external social spaces seriously impede individual or group activities.

Safety & Security

A

External social spaces are safe and secure and support socialising and relaxation.

B

External social spaces are generally safe and secure with minor problems which generally do not impact upon socialising and relaxation.

C

External social spaces have safety and security issues which impede socialising and relaxation.

D

External social spaces have safety and security issues which seriously impede socialising and relaxation.

Fixed Furniture & Fittings

A

We have a wide range of appropriate resources to support socialising and relaxation

B

We have a range of appropriate resources to support socialising and relaxation.

C

We have a limited range of appropriate resources to support socialising and relaxation.

D

We lack the appropriate resources to support socialising and relaxation.

Comments

Please comment on any issues of particular concern, including any aspects rated as 'C' or 'D', to highlight good practice and to inform the suitability performance.

Suitability Assessment - All Schools

Category

External Facilities
Weighting: 10%

Drop-off/pick up areas

Car parks

Circulation

Bike storage

External storage

Functionality

A

The external facilities fully support the wider operation and functioning of the school.

B

The external facilities generally support the wider operation and functioning of the school.

C

The external facilities impede the wider operation and functioning of the school.

D

The external facilities seriously impede the wider operation and functioning of the school.

Accessibility

A

The external facilities are accessible to all and fully support inclusion.

B

The external facilities are accessible to all and generally support inclusion.

C

The external facilities are only partly accessible and are seen to impede inclusion.

D

The external facilities have limited accessibility and are seen to seriously impede inclusion.

Environmental Conditions

A

The environmental conditions within the external facilities fully support the operation of the school.

B

The environmental conditions within the external facilities generally support the operation of the school.

C

The environmental conditions within the external facilities impede the operation of the school.

D

The environmental conditions within the external facilities seriously impede the operation of the school.

Safety & Security

A

External facilities are safe and secure and support the operation of the school.

B

External facilities are generally safe and secure with minor problems which generally do not impact upon the operation of the school.

C

External facilities have safety and security issues which impede the operation of the school.

D

External facilities have safety and security issues which seriously impede the operation of the school.

Fixed Furniture & Fittings

A

We have a wide range of appropriate resources to support the external facilities.

B

We have a range of appropriate resources to support the external facilities.

C

We have a limited range of appropriate resources to support the external facilities.

D

We lack the appropriate resources to support the external facilities.

Comments

Please comment on any issues of particular concern, including any aspects rated as 'C' or 'D', to highlight good practice and to inform the suitability performance.


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