How does a classroom design affect a child’s ability to learn?

Learning environments

Student outcomes are the most relevant factor when it comes to measuring the success of learning environments. Though classroom design has an important influence on learning achievement, the majority of time is spent on traditional methods of enhancing the learning progress, such as executing standardized tests, professional growth for educators, and advancement or mediation courses for students. Thanks to a growing awareness of the profound impact classroom design can have on the educational achievements of students, opinions on classroom design are changing, as educators are making strides toward constructing optimal learning environments with the goal of meeting the educational needs of various groups of students.

Mobile workstation offers greater mobility options for SEND classrooms

Startech mobile workstation

A mobile sit-stand workstation which brings a mobilised solution to the classroom has been developed by US brand StarTech. The mobile workstation offers a large surface area and easy sit-to-stand height adjustment, providing a workspace that’s both versatile and practical.

The mobile workstation enables students to reduce sedentary time and increase focus and allows teachers to create a more dynamic and interactive learning environment. Its heavy-duty cart design means it’s ideal for classrooms and its large, stable surface area makes it easy for users to position their laptop or writing surface comfortably, or attach a compatible monitor arm to use the cart as an aid for training or presentations.  

We talked to experts from Wheelyboat Trust about the new fully-accessible powerboat

Wheelyboat Trust

Andy Beadsley, director of the Wheelyboat Trust, and Jennifer Cameron, the CEO of Action4Youth, talk to Education For Everybody magazine about the new fully-accessible powerboat launched recently at the Caldecotte Xperience in Milton Keynes…

 

What challenges do SEND schools face when organising trips and how does Caldecotte Xperience address these issues? 

Palace House launches ideas bank for teachers

National Heritage Centre

The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art at Palace House, Newmarket has launched an online ideas bank of downloadable resources for teachers on its website.

The resources support learning in the three areas of English, Science and Learning From Objects. They have been created as the result of teacher training sessions ( led by Pippa Smith of “Handling The Past”  and Robert Cooper of c)  and of the Palace House Literacy Project, “Poetry Is A Horse,” which was run in partnership with All Saints’ CE Primary School and performance poet, Justin Coe.

Naidex Is Just Around the Corner - Have You Registered?

Naidex

The countdown for Naidex has well and truly begun! Europe’s largest disability and independent living event is set to transform Birmingham’s NEC on the 25th & 26th April for a monumental 44th edition.

Over the past two years, this mighty event has been completely turned on its head by its new organisers who have cultivated it to new, unrecognisable heights. With a floor plan double the size of last year, the introduction of brand new interactive features, and even more unmissable seminars, product launches and live demos, there are more opportunities than ever for delegates to get involved and test the products that are shaping the future of disability.

FestABLE caters for specialist educators

FestABLE

FestABLE is the first national festival in the country that is dedicated entirely to specialist learning takes place on June 2, hosted by National Star College.

FestABLE sees professionals, parents and young people coming together to discuss some of the major problems young people with disabilities and learning difficulties have to deal with.

National Star College in Gloucestershire - which recently gained outstanding ratings in all sections of both Ofsted and Care Quality Commission categories – is hosting the event.

College is first to be ‘outstanding’ for both its care and education

Care Quality Commission

A college which operates in England and Wales has become the first in the country, since the change in Ofsted inspections, to hold outstanding ratings for both its care and education from Care Quality Commission.

National Star College, a national centre of excellence which enables young people with complex disabilities and learning difficulties prepare for adulthood, has earned the top ratings following Care Quality Commission and Ofsted inspections. It was marked outstanding in every category on both reports.

Both reports praised National Star for its outstanding level of care and education and its safe environment.

Mcavoy Uses Award-Winning Bim Technology For Complex Offsite School Building Project

McAvoy

Offsite construction specialist, The McAvoy Group, has handed over a new school building at West Hill School in Leatherhead, bringing the number of education projects now completed by McAvoy for Surrey County Council to more than 40.

The project at West Hill an Ofsted outstanding special school featured extensive use of BIM to help address the complexities of the site. It was manufactured offsite to reduce disruption and was ready for occupation on time and after less than eight months on site. The scheme links the traditionally-constructed main building and an existing modular classroom block on a highly constrained, fully operational school site.