Is off-site construction the answer to the school places crisis?
By 2023, the number of pupils in England’s schools is projected to increase by a staggering 880,000. How will our buildings cope? Kevin Harvey presents the possibility of off-site construction – an approach already helping primary and secondary schools across the country overcome an array of place planning issues.
For the first time, research has confirmed the positive impact factors such as good lighting, careful colour choices and a sense of ownership over the classroom space can have on children’s achievement. Hannah Sharron reports.
Health and Safety implications for schools as clients
There is a new piece of safety legislation, Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM15) come into force on 6th April 2015 which is going to affect all schools in control of their own building or property management.
“A Hub on the Hill”
This was the vision for the site overlooking Plymouth Sound, articulated by the then Principal Helen Mathieson when we first met in December 2011.
Special report on Outdoor Learning
At Learning Spaces we always try to include an article on external learning opportunities in each edition. This edition we decided to consider the impact of having separate enclosed spaces as part of the environment.
Heartlands High Integrating autism provision
Heartlands High School is a new community school for Haringey with outstanding facilities. The school has received artsmark status for the excellent work it produces in the arts, and has a specialised autistic provision faculty that runs alongside the mainstream school.
The Hackney Pirates and their Ship of Adventure
Hackney resident and former teacher Catriona Maclay believed that, with some additional support, young people who have fewer opportunities and are falling behind could become fully rounded learners who are able to achieve at school and in the wider world. As a result the Hackney Pirates were founded in 2010 and this has become their vision.
Standard school designs or bespoke solutions – Is there a third way?
Ian Wilson suggests a design solution which provides all the benefits of repetition and standardisation but where each school can respond differently to prescribed programmes and accommodate their own site constraints.