Friday, 30 April 2010
Wednesday, 28 April 2010
Tuesday, 27 April 2010
Monday, 26 April 2010
Working with a new team recently, I have been really impressed with just how much time and effort has gone into building up a variety of individuals and companies into a fully cohesive integrated team to work on a new *BSF project. Considerable time has gone into ensuring everyone is getting to know each other, and their role well within the group. The entire team has been valued, received the same briefing and been part of the discussions on approaches to the project to meet the client brief (and, of course to be successful). There is, already, a really good spirit and commitment. This is, of course, exactly how it should be.
Depressingly however, it is amazing just how many education projects I get involved with where whilst Headteachers and frequently some students get involved, all too often the staff who will actually work in new buildings, and in new ways, are the last to be involved in any project.
Staff engagement in the entire process is just so important – they are the people that will make new facilities work. They are the people who need to understand, know and practice new approaches to learning before new learning environments are built. They are the ones who really need to understand the process and the opportunities that will be created.
If everyone manages to get the team approach spirit and understanding right, then the process would always be positive, challenging and achieve the best results for the learners. Isn't that how it should be?
(* BSF - Building Schools of the Future, the UK’s massive school building programme)
Friday, 23 April 2010
Tuesday, 20 April 2010
Monday, 19 April 2010
I am involved now in a number of new school design projects that have really stressed the need for the use of indoor and outdoor learning to be seamless. They are being viewed as really important. When built they're going to be great spaces. I just hope that staff really understand how they can be used, as frequently, outside spaces are not fully utilised currently. That's one real opportunity.
But what about all the schools that are not part of any build opportunity that have really poor outside spaces supported by no view that they are important. That's a lot of young people losing fab learning opportunities and thereby also seeing no reason to want to go outside. (and that's a whole different issue!)