Wednesday, 23 June 2010
The Centre for School Design - Learning Spaces fit for today
I was interested to read the latest blog post by Ian Fordham of the Centre for School Design.
He refers to the local authority approach to designing their new education facilities; the Centres for Learning, which are fab in concept and design. Many people love them, some really don't - I really do like them a lot.
What is interesting is that I have met with a variety of local authority representatives recently who have declared that they really truly represent and demonstrate the clarity of an education vision translated into design. To quote one very senior authority person following a tour of numerous schools: "They are the best seen so far".
The whole point of Ian's article is the boldness and the clarity of thinking in striving to create learning environments that are really fit for learners today. After all we are well into the third millenium now - our spaces should reflect that.
Given the current government budget climate I understand that cuts are inevitable.
However, I believe that education really does need more protection than merely "a higher priority" than other government departments. We need all our young people to achieve real success and develop real aspiration for themselves and their learning. The country depends on the education system - there is much still to be done, we all know that. Working in appropriate and exciting learning environments is a key part of developing a real learning community. We have to continue to be bold, innovative and constantly improving.
I have referred to the Centre for School Design before - it really is a fab resource and one to be followed regularly by all those interested in this area.