Durham Pupil and Staff

What does Building Schools for the Future mean for you?

  • Leisure and social spaces for your free time during school and after.
  • Schools of the future are not just about what goes on in the classroom between 8.30 and 16.30 they will welcome the community for a range of activities outside normal school hours seven days a week.
  • Innovative and flexible teaching spaces to deliver lessons in ways which help you to learn.
  • Up-to-date schools with the facilities and ICT provision to deliver a 21st century education for every child.
  • A network of specialist schools to serve the particular talents and interest of your child.
  • Innovative teaching spaces and methods to support learning of all children.
  • Safe, welcoming schools where good behaviour is the norm, where children are supported in their learning and personal development.
  • The innovative, flexible teaching spaces with the facilities to support new teaching and assessment pedagogy to deliver an enriched curriculum.
  • Buildings and facilities which reflect the vision and meet the needs of a 21st century workforce.
  • An extended school which is truly at the heart of the community it serves, delivering the quality education every one of our pupils and parents deserve and you as professionals want to deliver. Wherever possible schools and other agencies will be located on the same site to improve the dove tailing of provision and reduce the barriers to providing a joined up children’s service.
  • Working in partnership with other schools to deliver the Specialist Schools and 14 – 19 agendas to meet the needs of our community.
  • A well designed and maintained modern building which is fit for purpose and sympathetic to its environment.
  • A school you will be proud to be part of where you feel safe and comfortable.
  • Schools where you can learn with your child. The days of schools opening for pupils and teachers for eight hours a day have gone. The schools of the future are open to all outside normal hours for family learning, sport and other activities to meet a range of interests.
  • New design schools should contribute to the enhancement of work force reform to provide effective working and social spaces for staff and those involved in the delivery of children’s services through the school.
  • A safe and comfortable working environment for all staff.
  • Schools will be at the very heart of the communities they serve providing learning and leisure opportunities for everyone in the community beyond normal school hours.
  • It is hoped that many schools will share their sites with other public services to provide a hub for local services, for example schools could be on the same site as libraries and doctors’ surgeries.
  • Some school buildings will be replaced with exciting modern designs which will enhance the areas around them and become land marks in their communities.