Planning Future-Fit Learning Spaces
The ‘space’ – where teachers teach, and children learn has an accepted impact on the wellbeing of both and the improved learning outcomes of students. At WF Education and Demco we believe that curious students should have the freedom and means to invent and control their learning journey.
This accepted wisdom borne from a number of large-scale studies and academic reviews into ‘active classrooms’ has not yet been universally implemented into UK primary and secondary schools.
Space is a powerful tool to foster engagement, inspire innovation, and drive learning outcomes. It is a fact that we are spending more of our time indoors – up to 90 percent of our lives. So, it stands to reason that the spaces we spend so much of our time in will be having a dramatic impact on how we think, feel, and learn.
Flexible space early adopters, even in small scale, low budget trials have reported significant and measurable gains in enhancing teaching, pupil engagement and the all-important increases in learning outcomes.
According to the ‘Allen Curve’ communication decreases with distance, so ideally a variety of spaces – from a reading corner, teachers desk to larger collaborative spaces can be designed to keep classes close, designed with a variety of tasks, functions and personalities in mind.
“We have to go from what is essentially an industrial model of education, a manufacturing model, which is based on linearity and conformity and batching people. We have to move to a model that is based more on principles of agriculture. We have to recognize that human flourishing is not a mechanical process; it’s an organic process. And you cannot predict the outcome of human development. All you can do, like a farmer, is create the conditions under which they will begin to flourish.” ― Sir Ken Robinson
Working with Demco
We support the need for teaching staff to be able to tailor the learning environment to allow for short-term changes of layout and use. This means movable, flexible, or modular furniture that allows spaces to be rearranged with ease to reflect the curriculum requirements.
Dr Robert Dillon has served as a thought leader in education over the last twenty years as a teacher, principal, and director of innovation. He is passionate about changing the educational landscape by building engaging schools for all students. Dr Dillon has shared his thoughts and ideas in a variety of publications, and at local, state, and national conferences throughout the USA. He is also the author of five books on intentional design in learning.
Here he discusses with our sister company in the US, some of the questions he is asked most often about implementing and managing a more active classroom: Visit Blog
To discuss your next learning space project, contact the Demco team…