The American Way
American schools are in a state of mixed and uneven development. Some of the new school designs are trying to adapt to modern approaches to teaching and learning and to a globalised economy. Yet there is a surprising commitment to isolated classrooms run by a single teacher. These ‘neanderthal’ schools are being built alongside some of the most modern educational projects anywhere in the world. In his frst overview article, our American editor Paul Hutton looks at the way things are shaping up stateside.
Designing for Every Child
Design considerations must be deployed to support the delivery of Every Child Matters and extended services argues Graham Holley of the TDA.
Securing our schools
School security is highly primitive and ineffective in many cases. Andrew Kelly provides an update on the latest security and best products.
Aspirations to actuality:Can school buildings really deliver transformation in education?
Christina Thompson, Project Architect on Tong High School, believes design can go a long way to facilitate and inspire real change in teaching and learning.
There is no one single model for extended schools. What is certain is that the whole must be designed to be more than the sum of its parts. Catherine Harrington, Bob Hayes and Ben Humphries of Architype offer some principles and case studies in implementing an extended schools plan.
An inclusive approach to SEN design
Special Educational Needs (SEN) building projects call for an inclusive design process to refect the multi-faceted funding, legislative, learning and layout challenges involved. The recently opened 85 place Avenue SEN School in Reading has taken this design process with the addition of creating a performing arts school.
The non-institutional school
One of our oldest guilds is helping Bristol take a step into the future with a learning village that will be nothing like a traditional school building.
An alternative view of Extended Schools
The emerging orthodoxy of building large extended campuses and buildings could be very counter productive to real community involvement argues John Waldron.