How does a school translate its educational vision into the design of its learning spaces? How do we ensure that learning spaces match the school’s ethos and enable the successful delivery of vision?
Is it through pedagogy? Classroom layout? The choice of furniture, fixtures and equipment? All the above? And most importantly, would this “hands-on” approach to creating our own learning environment produce quantifiably improved learning outcomes?
These are the questions that we have been exploring at Trumpington Park Primary School in Cambridge. Two years ago, we were invited to take part in an international pilot of Planning Learning Spaces in Practice (PLSiP), an approach to learning space design which aligns physical learning environments with a school’s educational vision, while also supporting personalised and independent learning.
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