Updated March 2011.
The schools building and refurbishment programme in Bristol is organised through a Local Education Partnership (LEP) under the Government's 'Building Schools for the Future' Programme.
The LEP is a Partnership owned by Bristol City Council, Skanska Education Partnership and Building Schools for the Future Investments (BSFI), a government body, and has a long term partnership to deliver Education facilities in Bristol through a Strategic Partnering Agreement.
Skanska Construction is the preferred delivery partner of the LEP and has delivered 4 Secondary schools and is currently constructing 6 Secondary Schools and 2 Academies in Bristol.
The LEP report to and work closely with the Children and Young People's Services (CYPS) at Bristol City Council.
Since the Primary School review in October 2007, cut backs have affected the projected programme for schools' development and a revised programme has been drawn up.
See Annex A on pages 61 to 64 of the Draft Schools Organisation Strategy for the summary.
See link to Cabinet paper December 2011 for list of Primary Schools with approved funding
This is a change in community involvement process and has only been happening since the beginning of this year 2010.
The DQI stage includes discussions with 'stakeholders' including head teachers, teachers, governors and parents, and now the local NPN planning group, about proposals for the school; this is at the stage before the budget and a particular scheme is approved by cabinet.
The DQI stage is therefore at the early stage when options are still open, in line with the Statement of Community Involvement October 2008.
This then helps them with identifying the scheme to take to cabinet. If a planning group tells the design team that the community will have major issues with a particular option, this will affect the 'deliverability' of that option and may lead them to drop that option.
It is important to understand that the planning group is only being asked to have an input on planning issues, not on whether the proposals to eg increase the size of the school, or change the age range of the school are appropriate. These issues are outside the control of the design team and, if there are any queries about these issues, this should be taken up with the politicians; councillors and MPs.
The design team are also holding public open meetings so that the general public can have an input at this stage. Sometimes this is a difficult meeting because the general public do not understand that the meetings are only to look at the design, not at the education proposals. The design team will take the issues that they do not have control over back to CYPS for information but cannot respond to them.
They can also help the design team get the most out of these public meetings because they understand the process and the schemes better, having had the advantage of a briefing meeting.
After approval by the cabinet, the preferred option will be worked up by the architect and the planning group will be involved in this process.