Education shake-up to save £11M

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Scottish Borders Council’s need to shave £11million off its education budget over the next five years will see a major shake-up of services.

Hundreds of school staff across the Borders were all briefed at the same time last week about the start of the first Education and Lifelong Learning and Integrated Children’s Services Transformation Programme.

The council says there are currently no specific proposals for budget or service reductions, but once these are developed, they will be subject to a 
programme of “intense consultation” with staff, parents, pupils and other stakeholders.

Seven key areas are being looked at – a review of the schools estate; further integration of children’s services; review of Scottish joint council staffing; primary and secondary schools redesign; and a review that could see libraries and museums transferred to a new culture trust.

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