Monday, 21 October 2013

Today in Estonia....











Gareth Long and Di Smith from the-learning-crowd were delighted to be asked to join a small delegation speaking to Ministry and Senior education officials in Estonia this week.  The purpose was to outline the nature of the work that we do and explore further consultancy opportunities with them.  Nine companies attended in all with six, including us, doing presentations.
Estonia was a new country for the-learning-crowd to visit, and the two days we were there were excellent.  The event, the first education workshop hosted by the British Embassy and the Ambassador, was very well attended with standing room only.  So far the feedback has been excellent - we wait to see what happens next!

Sunday, 13 October 2013

t-l-c Project wins British Construction Industry Awards 2013


This week saw the-learning-crowd attend the British Construction Industry Awards 2013 at the Grosvenor House Hotel.
A project we wrote the Education Design Brief for, and worked through every stage of the design process was nominated as a finalist in the 'Project of the Year (£5m - £50m) category.  The project was for a new build school facility for the Newlands Academy in the London Borough of Southwark.    Newlands is a specialist SEBD school for boys aged 11-16.  (SEBD: Social, Emotional, Behavioural Disorder)
Up against considerable competition, this scheme was named as the winning project.  We are, of course, like the rest of the team, absolutely delighted.  It is a great design and won incredible praise from the competition judges.
This project was designed by the great team at Wright and Wright Architects and the project built by Balfour Beatty. 

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

UK Learning - Excellence in Environments in which we learn


the-learning-crowd is pleased to support UK Learning and share information about it's next conference in both London and Manchester.  This is especially true as one of the speakers will again be Alison Watson, Senior Associate of the-learning-crowd. as well as Director of "Class of your Own.

UKLearning is the UK branch of international group CEFPI, something we have long been connected to.  For more information about UK Learning click here.


UK Learning’s mission is to be the primary advocate, resource and service organisation for encouraging, enabling and equipping those who work in, learn in, design, build, equip and operate educational facilities in the UK... To find out more about the work of UK Learning please click here.


Later this month we will be holding Autumn Conferences in London and Manchester. They will focus on...Empowering professionals in the advocacy for excellence
in the environments in which we learn


Both conferences offer the opportunity for you to learn from leading attending professionals, but afternoon workshops also provide the chance for you to influence future good practice.

Our aim is to promote real change in areas where it is required. To that end, we hope you might join us on one of the dates shown. Further information is provided below (please click on the links provided), but also please feel free to contact us directly for further information.

Neil Logue:Executive Director M: +44 (0)7718 858388 E: neil.logue@uklearning.org
Terry White: Executive Director M: +44 (0)7958 403396 E: terry.white@uklearning.org

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Seating for Engagement

Whilst visiting Wapping Free School recently, I was shown round the site a day or two before it opened.

I was really impressed, not only by some of the exciting and innovative teaching spaces, but also by some of the furniture that had been selected.  

One area of particular interest was the attractive tiered seating selected for a central area in the school for lessons, debates / presentations / meetings / socialising etc.  Added to that was an interactive digital screen.  Being all on wheels, the whole space is very agile and can be reconfigured in almost any way that they want.

When I was present it was being used for a staff meeting, allowing everyone to see everything and see each other.  It encouraged inclusivity and engagement.  The use of colour was attractive and eye catching and really drew people in.

This was only a small area - but one that certainly looked impressive.