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Liverpool in £500m school build plan

Liverpool has unveiled a £500 million plan which will see every secondary school in the city rebuilt or refurbished.

The Building Schools, Skills, Success programme, which will be carried out during the next decade, is the city’s biggest educational investment.

The new facilities will focus on providing education for the wider community, with facilities for adult learning.

BSSS children’s services project director Ron Rampling said: “This is a transformation of the activity of learning, of producing aspirational, high achieving, highly-skilled young people through the secondary system, and it’s being enabled by a massive building programme.

“It’s important to emphasise that this is about employment skills and opportunities for young people.”

Liverpool businesses are being invited to work with schools to help shape the curriculum and teaching practices so pupils receive the skills needed to find employment. Work placements and apprenticeships will be encouraged.

Some of the BSSS work, which is part of the Government’s Building Schools for the Future programme, has already begun.

The first phase is worth £150 million and includes the building of five new schools and a refurbishment, plus £10 million of infrastructure for internet communications technology.