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The chronicles of a therapeutic classroom: Lights, Camera, Action!

All this year, Shahana Knight has been working with a school to transform a year 3 classroom into a fully therapeutic teaching space. Staff have been inspired and children awestruck – and now you can watch a film of the entire transformation...
Transformation: The classroom at Shevington Vale Primary School in Wigan after the therapeutic makeover (image: supplied)

When I first approached Andy Houghton, the headteacher at Shevington Vale Primary School in Wigan, about creating a therapeutic classroom in his school, I knew it was a significant decision.

Schools often play around with stools and bean bags in their break-out or intervention rooms, but nobody has been brave enough to let me loose on their actual classrooms – let alone agreeing to keep the changes for a year!

I speak on my therapeutic teaching course about the importance of creating the right environment for learning. Indeed, module 4 specifically covers environments, and it is the session where I receive the most excitement but also the most resistance.

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