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The chronicles of a therapeutic classroom: Makeover day!

This year, childhood trauma expert Shahana Knight is working to transform a year 3 classroom into the ultimate therapeutic space. This diary chronicles the project. This time, work begins on transforming the physical classroom environment...

In my last diary entry, I had been in to Shevington Vale Primary School in Wigan to observe the children and begin mapping out the new classroom design. Things have progressed a lot since then! Let me fill you in...

After visiting the school, we began to pick and choose furniture and items for the classroom, with some excellent and enthusiastic support from headteacher Andy Houghton.

While Andy was immersed in ordering furniture, I took my little scrap book drawing of our classroom vision (see last diary entry) to a lady called Ishtar.

Ishtar owns an interior design company – Ancora Interiors – and had agreed to create a 3D mock-up of our room for free! This was really exciting because it meant that we would have a visual guide to play with before we finalised the look of the room.

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