The estates strategy sets out the approach, priorities and high level plans which Education Scotland will take to maintain and develop its estate over 2019-2029 to ensure it is efficient, safe and fit for purpose. It ensures our approach to office accommodation, and the associated financial investment, is underpinned by a strong understanding of current and future business needs.
Education Scotland shares the Scottish Government’s approach to the wider public sector property portfolio. We will share and implement best practice in accommodation use, and work in collaboration with public sector bodies through the development of co-location opportunities.
It should be noted that the strategy was developed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic which has resulted in all of us working remotely for a period of several months, and it is not yet known when we will return to working in our offices.
When we do, office working will look very different for a considerable period of time. Some of the approaches set out in this strategy, particularly in relation to Smarter Working, will therefore not apply in the short term. We will continue to manage our office estate in line with our business requirements and we will keep this strategy under review.