Painting the town red
When Andy Theobold of architects Fielden Clegg Bradley picked up two awards at the South West regional RIBA awards for his design of a school building, we asked Gary Spracklen, Innovation Director at A4LE UK, to take a trip to the West Country to see what all the fuss was about.
Designing for change
Northern Beaches Christian School in Sydney is fast gathering a global reputation for truly recognising how innovative learning spaces can support changing teaching practices. We asked Anne Knock of the Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning to explain how they got to where they are.
Making a reality of your vision for learning
One of A4LE UK’s executive directors, Terry White, recently visited a school in South London that proved occupying an old Victorian Board School is no barrier to creating fantastically creative and supportive spaces in which large groups of students gather together to learn. The school was granted Teaching School Status by the National College in 2014. Here he explains what he saw there and details what he feels was important in making their vision a reality.
From teaching places to learning spaces
Albemarle County in the American state of Virginia has seen trans-formative changes in how their schools have been designed over the past few years under the stewardship of Superintendent Pam Moran and guidance of Ira Socol. Here they outline what prompted them to relook at how their school buildings were designed, and some of the initiatives they have undertaken.
The final frontier?
Dr Chris Gerry has been challenging the educational status quo for years. He’s been both headteacher and executive headteacher of six secondary schools over the past 18 years where he’s made significant changes to the way the curriculum is delivered. Most recently he was responsible for the rebuilding of Hugh Christie Technology College in Tonbridge – one of the first schools to be wireless and with a 1:1 student/device ratio – and later at New Line Learning and Cornwallis Academy in Maidstone. Now retired from teaching and working as a consultant, we asked him to reflect on the rationale behind the New Line Learning plazas and what’s happened since.
A wapping great undertaking
In 2009 a group of parents from the Wapping, Shadwell and Limehouse districts of East London got together to talk about the secondary education provision within their community. Even though Wapping had been an admissions priority area for over ten years, theirs was a part of the borough where single-sex post-eleven education remained the norm and the demographic had led to many local schools becoming stratified along lines of both gender and ethnicity.
New name, same game
In 1921 the National Council of Schoolhouse Construction was established in North America. After changing its name in 1965 to the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI), the organisation has recently re-branded once more – and is now known much more simply as the Association for Learning Environments, or A4LE for short.