Early Years

Making Connections

How an academy on the Isle of Portland off the south coast of England is building an evidence-based learning environment that reflects the experiences of pioneer schools across the globe.

The Year 5/6 Learning Zone on Portland, in Dorset, England, is a suite of complementary and connected learning spaces designed to meet the needs of students for 21st century learning and for staff to work more collaboratively in learning teams in order to achieve the Academy’s unique vision for learning. Here, Terry White, who was what he refers to as the ‘learning-led’ Design Advisor for the project (and is also a UK Director of A4LE) outlines the process they employed and shares the results.

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