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Transport, Transition & Wayfinding

18 Oct 2023
SEND Stage

Learning Through the Senses
Zane Putne, Architect Associate, Noviun

This presentation focuses on the importance of sensory provisions in special needs schools, specifically in terms of the design and layout both internally and externally. The aim is to create an environment that supports students with sensory processing needs and enhances their learning experience.
The presentation will look at how the sensory curriculum provision is integrated into the school environment both inside and outside. This includes the use of sensory rooms, outdoor learning spaces, and the integration of sensory activities.

To enhance this, the presentation will explore how good wayfinding is achieved in special needs schools. Students with special needs often have difficulty navigating unfamiliar spaces, which can lead to anxiety and confusion. Strategies for creating clear and intuitive wayfinding systems that help students navigate the school environment with ease will be discussed. This includes the use of clear signage, visual cues, and the use of colour to aid navigation.

Points of interest can be created throughout the school environment to engage all users of the building. It will be discussed at how these features can enhance the overall school environment, provide opportunities for students to engage, and create a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere for all users.

The design and layout of school buildings play a crucial role in creating a supportive and inclusive learning environment for all students. By incorporating sensory provisions, creating good wayfinding systems, and creating reference points throughout the school, an environment is created that supports students with sensory processing needs and enhances their overall learning experience.

Transport Planning for SEND Schools
Paul Lulham, Director, DHA Planning

The presentation will focus on the specific transport planning opportunities and challenges involved in the planning of SEND schools, particularly in locations where policies of car-restraint apply such as London.

It will draw upon a number of recent case studies (in which Paul Lulham of DHA has been personally involved) to highlight the conflicts that increasingly arise between meeting the specialist and complex transportation needs of SEND pupils and their support staff and delivering sustainable urban developments. Clearly both of these objectives are of paramount importance and therefore the presentation will demonstrate how proactive and positive engagement between contractors, Trusts and local authorities from the feasibility stage can ensure that all parties are better informed of each other's requirements and how innovative and pragmatic solutions can be identified.

The presentation will also reflect on the potential planning policy reforms required in order to minimise potential conflicts and address associated planning and programme risks going forward.

Claire Barton, Partner - Haverstock
Zane Putne, Senior Architect - Noviun Architects
Paul Lulham, Director (Transport) - DHA Planning



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