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1 Victorian Schools Plan Innovative and Sustainable Schools Dr Peter Stewart General Manager Infrastructure Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Victoria 25 September 2009

2 Victorian government school landscape Victorian government school characteristics School infrastructure policy directions An integrated approach to sustainability: –Environmental sustainability –Economic sustainability –Social sustainability The proving ground: rural school replacement program The refreshed approach due to the Economic Stimulus Plan The way forward for government schools in Victoria Overview of Presentation

3 Strong and vibrant government school system serving about two thirds of Victorias school students Victorian government school landscape

4 Victorian government school characteristics Most current school buildings were constructed quickly in 1950s to 1970s in response to a period of rapid population growth using lesser quality materials Victorias government schools comprise approximately 29,000 buildings with a depreciated replacement value of $4.3 billion and associated land value of $6.4 billion Current government school buildings provide approximately 7.2 million square metres of floor space of which 3.7 million square metres is in teaching spaces. Source: School Buildings : Planning Maintenance and Renewal Nov 2008 Victorian Auditor General

5 Two thirds of floor space > 20 years old Almost 50% of floor space was built between 1960 and 1984

6 Post 1970s the level of investment in school buildings has not been sufficient to renew and maintain facilities to provide the type of environment needed to develop students learning potential. Recognising this legacy, and the need to address it, the Victorian Schools Plan committed to rebuild or renew all government schools by 2017 The initial funding of $1.8 billion will more than double annual expenditure on school construction and rebuilding between 2007 and 2011 Source: School Buildings: Planning Maintenance and Renewal Nov 2008 Victorian Auditor General Victorian government school characteristics (continued)

7 Devolved system – schools have autonomy, but we view infrastructure from a regional and network perspective Investments linked to educational improvement plans Focus on best practice school design, but individual school solutions Capital works programs managed by DEECD as no public works department Using alternative delivery models e.g. public private partnerships, pilots for delivering maintenance services Raising the bar on environmental standards and community use School infrastructure policy directions

8 An integrated approach to sustainability Invest wisely to meet todays needs without compromising our childrens ability to meet the communitys future needs … Environment Economic Social

9 Environmental sustainability Base ESD features mandated for all new buildings and review of innovative ESD features Modelling of building orientation to optimise designs Building management systems incorporated to reduce the load on heating and cooling systems High levels of insulation and use of high performance glazing Water harvesting and recycling for use in the building

10 Environmental sustainability Night purging and use of automated louvres Buildings are supplied with sub metering, an outside weather sensor and an internal electronic display Students monitoring of efficiency of new buildings built into curriculum Integration with solar schools program School-level environmental policies and practices

11 Environmental sustainability

12 Economic sustainability Long term public investment strategy - plan schools to maximise use and minimise over entitlement Focus on networks of schools and not individual schools – sharing of resources Need contemporary buildings to maximise student outcomes Permanent facilities provided in accordance with long term enrolments, and relocatable buildings for enrolment growth Flexible spaces to suit traditional and innovative teaching practice Maximise operational life and minimise maintenance costs for schools More efficient planning and procurement processes

13 Social sustainability Responsiveness to community aspirations – locally initiated co- locations and mergers Major regeneration projects in disadvantaged areas with primary schools as community hubs for early years centres, family services Community use encouraged in all schools New designs offer community meeting spaces / access Agreements with local government for long term joint use of facilities

14 Many schools in rural Victoria were established as single teacher or small country schools – their buildings are now outmoded and/or functionally obsolete The Rural School Replacement Program was established to provide permanent replacement facilities at 40 rural schools across Victoria with long-term enrolments between 50 to 150 students. The proving ground: rural replacement program

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16 Rural school replacement program

17 Rural school replacement templates

18 Zig Zag Admins ADMIN 1ADMIN 2ADMIN 3ADMIN 4ADMIN 5 Rural school replacement templates

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20 Lessons: rural school replacement program Innovative designs are suitable for traditional rural schools Templated designs can offer significant benefits for our schools Standardised buildings can be designed for low tech construction in remote areas Environmentally sustainable features are important for all schools Design for community use of rural schools is important as they are community hubs

21 The refreshed approach due to the Economic Stimulus Plan (ESP) The rural replacement program was rolling out successfully and then the ESP was announced Rolling out 1400 projects using the traditional approach was not feasible Templates were mandated for the ESP but DEECD only had templates for rural primary schools A series of 34 templates were developed for primary and specialist schools A standard specification was developed for these templates Adopted the design principles from the rural replacement program Compressed consultative period required new communications approaches

22 P21 Library and Learning Neighbourhood Design templates

23 Infrastructure innovation

24 P21 Library and Learning Neighbourhood Design templates

25 Early Learning Centre Design templates

26 Key lessons Design template innovation should be linked to a change management strategy A network approach can be successful outcome for the system The sustainability constraint can be used to generate excellent outcomes for schools Environment Economic Social

27 Questions Dr Peter Stewart Department of Education and Early Childhood Development Victoria


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