Planning Learning Spaces in Practice

Planning Learning Spaces

For schools that want to improve their learning environments, but need support with the process of change, help is at hand from the team behind the best-selling book Planning Learning Spaces

Terry White

Terry White

Project Co-Director, Co-Author of PLS and Chairman of a4le

Bhavini Pandya

Bhavini Pandya

Project Co-Director and Gratnells Learning Rooms Leader

Our project approach

 

The Planning Learning Spaces in Practice Design Framework helps schools to translate their educational vision into learning space design principles. Schools are guided through a reflective process, building the link between curriculum and design through a structured framework. We work with lead staff and other appropriate stakeholders through a series of workshops, which can be delivered online or in person.

The PLS Team has supported staff at Trumpington Park Primary School to redesign their current Year 4 space. Hear from both the teachers to find out their thoughts on the PLS Design Framework and the impact the newly designed space has had on their learners.

Target audience

The process builds consensus throughout the teaching staff and the wider school community to support sustained change, empowering schools to be creators of a new, ongoing relationship between pedagogy and space.

The project is ideal for schools wanting to refurbish existing learning environments or design new spaces that actively support their learning goals.  We will guide you through the process and help you find the most effective way of using your learning space.

Our team

Regional implementation team may vary depending on project and region

Professor Peter Barrett

Professor Peter Barrett

Author of 'The Clever Classroom Report', UK project research and evaluation.

Sandra Jenkins MNZM

Sandra Jenkins MNZM

Research and Development and New Zealand Lead Project Facilitator

Doug Crutch

Doug Crutch

New Zealand Project Co-ordinator

We would be delighted to help your school with our Planning Learning Spaces in practice process.  If you contact us first we can discuss the best approach that would suit your school and give you a cost depending on the level of service that would suit you best.

Cambridge launch event

Cambridge launch event

Planning Learning Spaces co-authors Murray Hudson and Terry White joined Susan Ogier in Cambridge for the launch of her new book A Broad and Balanced Curriculum in Primary Schools: Educating the whole child. Susan included a chapter on the importance of the learning...

Wesley Primary School, NZ

Wesley Primary School, NZ

We are pleased to have Wesley Primary School in New Zealand be part of the PLS in Practice journey, and this week we will hear directly from the staff about their thoughts on the PLS in Practice process and what it has enabled them to do so far. Lou (Principal): As a...

Week 23

Week 23

This week we are back at Oranga School for the Official Opening of their two new collaborative learning spaces, Block 2 and 3. Such an important event for a school needs an equally important visitor to cut the ribbon and who better than New Zealand’s Prime Minister,...

Week 22

Week 22

Re-designing a learning space is not something that is left to just school leaders and designers. The students must be involved in order to feel part of the process. Our PLS Design Framework relies on the thoughts of the students at different stages so that we can...

Week 21

Week 21

This week we are back in Grey Lynn School to catch up with the year 1 and 2s to see how they are defining learning activities within their use of space. Transitioning into the use of more collaborative learning environments is a learning journey for students and all...

Week 20

Week 20

This week I went back to Trumpington Park Primary School to find out from the staff what they thought about the PLS Design Framework and the impact it has had on their teaching and the student’s learning. Now that the full class has moved into the space, both...

Week 19

Week 19

I last updated you about Grey Lynn School in week 11, where we saw the ‘Activity Poster’ project come together. The posters have now made their way into the ‘Learning Hubs’ where both teachers and children have had a chance to use them to support their daily...

Week 18

Week 18

This week I went back to Trumpington Park Primary School to observe the full class of year 4 students in their new learning space. You may remember back to my earlier blog posts; the year 4 students were first using the new room in small groups before moving the full...

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