Planning Learning Spaces in action
‘Planning Learning Spaces in Action’ is a three month research-led project to help schools, teachers and pupils adapt to the restrictions of a Covid classroom in a way that best supports learning. In view of the enormous impact that the pandemic has had on schools, and restrictions that are in place, studies show that learning and children’s mental health has been impacted. It is clear that the situation is not short-term and that it is likely that the disruption will affect the entire 2020-2021 school year.
Project director Terry White is leading the project which includes Professor Peter Barrett – the author of the Clever Classrooms report – and the Gratnells Learning Rooms team. Trumpington Park Primary School in Cambridge has been chosen as the first UK school which will assess how the children and teachers cope with the restrictions of a Covid-19 classroom and establish parameters for how future classrooms could be adapted to meet the new requirements and also enhance learning.
Professor Peter Barrett and his team are already monitoring the children during this first term (Autumn 2020) and establishing how they cope, where they struggle, what could be improved and how generally the learning environment can be adapted to the situation and yet ensure the best possible learning outcomes for the children. This research-led project will take place between Autumn 2020 and Spring 2021.