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Session 2: Responding to Policy & Design Challenges

08 Feb 2023

Adaptability of SEND cohorts
Zane Putne, Associate, Noviun

Adaptability and flexibility are crucial for special educational needs (SEN) schools, as they must cater to a diverse range of students with varying abilities and levels of need, which can at times change year on year. SEN schools are designed to provide specialized support to students with learning difficulties, physical disabilities, and other challenges, and they must be able to adapt to the unique needs of each student.

These schools are tailored to the individual needs of its pupils, and they are designed to provide the support and accommodations necessary for every student to succeed in their studies. This may require certain flexibility within layouts and overall building plans.

Overall, adaptability and flexibility are essential for SEN schools, as they must be able to respond to the diverse and changing needs of their students in order to provide an inclusive and supportive learning environment for all. By utilising bespoke the most effective education possible. By using bespoke education plans and offering different levels of support, SEN schools are able to meet the unique needs of each student and help them to achieve their full potential.

Thermal comfort in SEND Schools
Peter Hazzard, Associate, Cundall

Thermal comfort is essential in all learning environments, but it is especially important in SEND where the effects of thermal discomfort can often be amplified. Combined with the impending climate change issues we are all facing, it is all the more urgent to focus in on thermal comfort design measures in new SEND schools - what often goes wrong, and how to get it right. Furthermore, we will also explore how to improve things in existing school buildings.

How offsite manufacturing can meet the requirements for SEN school design
Martin Harvey, Head of Design & Technical Services, McAvoy

Offsite manufacturing can offer both permanent & semi-permanent build solutions to address the urgent need for Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND) schools throughout the UK. Offsite manufacturing solutions can cut typical build programmes by up to 70%, minimise disruption on site through maximising work completed in the factory and with fewer vehicle movements to and from site.

Through the use of standardised platforms, offsite can provide bespoke spaces designed to cater for the individual needs of each student/teacher, creating adaptable and flexible spaces which is crucial for SEND schools.

Zane Putne, Senior Architect - Noviun Architects
Peter Hazzard, Associate Director - Schools and Colleges Sector Lead - Cundall
Martin Harvey, Head of Design & Technical Services - McAvoy



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