The ambition for excellence and equity in education in Scotland works across all learning stages, for all learners. In all learning settings. A key challenge then is to re-imagine the potential of spaces and places we already have to support new, extended and enhanced learning experiences that fit the need of learners, a changing curriculum, community and work contexts.
Building on the stories of the Inspiring Learning Space projects, Architecture and Design Scotland has collaborated with Scottish Futures Trust, supported by The Learning Crowd to create a practical toolkit to make more of spaces we have for learning. The toolkit focuses discussion on targeting the key issues that will help the learner experience, balancing management and spatial change, supported by leadership across the school community and incremental, practical projects. Presented as a routemap, supported by practical examples, questions and resources, the toolkit targets educationalists seeking to widen opportunities for learners in all schools by creatively re-thinking the role of space.
The toolkit is designed to enable self initiated projects at the level of classrooms and learning spaces within and across existing schools. It is also designed to support collaborative discussion about outcomes and priorities to inform new build, refurbishment and major change projects at the briefing stage.
Architecture and Design Scotland is actively using the toolkit as part of the ‘Tests of Change’ service to local authorities, and as part of the ‘Design Support’ service briefing for learning investment projects. The toolkit provides clarity of purpose, focus for learning and resources for action.
(updated November 2018)