Craigbank Primary School
How do learning spaces support children’s wellbeing?
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can create great stress for children and young people. Clackmannanshire Council developed the Readiness for Learning (R4L) programme to help pupils manage stress to be ready to learn. A key element of the R4L programme is a supportive learning environment – places that pupils can shape and influence and where they are comfortable.
When the school planned renovations they worked with pupils to identify key areas to improve. The focus was on spaces for wellbeing. Ideas included a mobile library, a quiet corner and presentation spaces. The pupils tested a number of their ideas. Changes included new openings to classrooms to create flexible spaces. Working with designers the pupils also designed library furniture.
Through the process of re-imagining settings for wellbeing, the teachers agreed on how to use the R4L programme. The pupils felt a sense of ownership of the space and it supported their voice and choice.