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Personalisation is a theme driving change in the education sector, and it is still a priority very high on the Government’s agenda. At the same time, large capital programmes like BSF (Building Schools for the Future) and PCP (Primary Capital Programme) have brought to the fore another important issue: the necessity to re-design schools on the basis of a solid understanding of how learning can be supported. Both themes meet in Space4PL (Space for Personalised Learning).
Space4PL is an ambitious project funded by the DCSF (Department for Children, Schools and Families) that will provide schools with tools and support to re-design their spaces according to a clear educational vision, rather than following the superficial appeal of new buildings and resources which court the risk of being disconnected from effective learning.
In July 2008 the design consultancy DEGW was tasked by the DCSF with bringing together an enthusiastic and interdisciplinary team for this project. This includes Edison Learning, which provides a range of school improvement services in the UK, the London-based architects studio Penoyre & Prasad, and Futurelab, with its expertise in educational innovation. Building on each other’s strengths, the team members will engage with 10 schools over 30 months. They will be talking to pupils, teachers and parents, identifying possibilities and testing actual design solutions to personalise learning. The findings and the tools that will emerge from this project will be communicated to all schools in the country, providing them with help and advice as they are approaching the most delicate phases of their renovation and re-building programmes.
For further information, please visit the Space4PL website: www.space4pl.co.uk
Project type and status
Ongoing research project