Monday, 11 May 2009

Student voice - as usual, ambitious, sensible, challenging

One day last week I was working with Year 7 students in Lancashire as we discussed designing new 21st century learning environments. As always they were excited and engaged, but crucially they were ambitious, creative and maintained a good degree of pragmatism.

They clearly analysed several examples of interiors before setting about designing their own learning environment. They also had the opportunity to work with an architect who supported them and could explain as they explored and developed their own ideas.
Their attention to detail in discussing the positive and negaitive aspects of natural light, artificial lights, colour and and types of materials again demonstrated the folly of those who do not consider students voice to be a powerful stakeholder in the development of new schools. The students were just excellent - their thoughts and ideas even better!

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