Tests of Change – Newton Primary School 

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Newton Primary School 

How do spaces respond to the changing needs of pupils?  

Newton Primary school has a range of innovative setting for early years to P1 and P2. The next challenge was to create more variety for older pupils. This aimed to help pupils take responsibility and self-direct their study – both indoors and outdoors. The school wanted to adapt their teaching to meet the needs of their pupils at all stages.  


Learners from different year groups got together and tested new settings. This helped pupils grow in confidence. The themes that emerged were:

  • A need for quiet spaces and individual study spaces 
  • Defined shared and group spaces

The process helped the school plan their approach to investment 

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