Delivering the Experience
Time: 12:25 - 12:50
Date: Wednesday 17 October
Inclusive environments have never been in the spotlight as much as they are now. The awareness and depth of the support needed for a wider range of abilities within SEND has been recognised. The enthusiasm to meet these challenges has been universal and has led to an explosion of exciting projects that are making significant… Read more »Education Estates 2019
Inclusive environments have never been in the spotlight as much as they are now. The awareness and depth of the support needed for a wider range of abilities within SEND has been recognised. The enthusiasm to meet these challenges has been universal and has led to an explosion of exciting projects that are making significant contributions and really make this last couple of years stand apart. We are now facing the hidden challenges of disabilities that aren’t immediately apparent; Mental illness and its associated behavioural and wellness challenges, as well as a rise in the recognition of the sensory impairments.
If we are to move the inclusion agenda forward and develop new learning and teaching environments that better include, engage and challenge children with SEN than the present provision, we need to go about our work in a different way. We need to be focussing on how to design and deliver learning experiences that connect, inspire, and engage. We should be looking to enhance the lives of young people through experiences that inspire.
It is the dynamic nature of the space that is its best feature. It can be appropriated and reinvented by both practitioners and pupils, lived in during the immersive discovery processes and then cleared away to present and display the final outcomes, delivering a sense of achievement and belonging. Nothing is “owned” by a department or team and the space becomes a dynamic marketplace for ideas and solutions; as a student-led learning experience.
‘’Learning spaces are not necessarily spectacular pieces of architecture, but what they represent to me are a series of spaces that interest and intrigue me, that show we are thinking about learning spaces in a different way – delivering experiences that merge the boundaries between learning and living to meet the diverse needs of learners.’’ – Gladys Marr
- Gladys Marr Partnership & Quality Manager - Space Zero