Design for classrooms – enhancing the learning environment
For those with existing classrooms in need of change, it is possible for these to be transformed. Many staff have seen amazing results with very little resource. Even new furniture and equipment, delivered in isolation, is not enough to effect true change.
A true learning room requires that staff shift perceptions, change old habits and instigate new behaviours. With strong principles underscoring decisions about new arrangements for classrooms, staff can confidently put the carrier bags, cardboard boxes and ‘might be useful one day’ items into a skip. It’s a liberating experience! In the UK it is increasingly common for schools to be asked to squeeze bulge classes of pupils onto existing sites. As schools hunt for usable space, key learning and development spaces such as libraries, ICT rooms and staffrooms can be lost as extra pupils are squeezed into hastily converted classrooms. In some schools modular classrooms are dropped on site and valuable play space shrinks. In these situations value for money, agile solutions and a dynamic strategy to foster meaningful learning are vital to ensure all classrooms provide an equitable learning experience.