Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Temporary facilities in the 21st century

There are so many great students in our schools and they really do deserve the best facilities if they are to achieve their potential.

I haven't posted any nightmares recently on this blog but I did visit a school site this week and could not help but notice the student facilities. These photographs were taken at a functioning secondary school and, although they are well looked after, are dreadful. Admittedly the schools is only decanted there for a couple of years as their new buildings are constructed, but it was also a functioning school before with inadequate facilities. These will be the memory of school for many students in 2009.
So many people now really want student bathroom facilities scattered near learning areas throughout school buildings and avoiding the group 'industrial' toilet facility hidden near the end of corridors. This improves student engagement and reduces disruption of students leaving their learning to wander the school looking for a bathroom. It obviously reduces bullying due to easier and constant access to passive supervision. Placing these facilities where they are in the play spaces emphasises the point really.
Many will find it hard to believe that even now in the 21st century we are still installing temporary outside facilities for students. It really is a disgrace!
And there are still people fussing about the BSF programme and wondering why we need provision of new school environments for our students. Amazing really and very very sad.

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