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The Staff Room Shouldn’t Be Overlooked

The internet has been a gift to the world, allowing us to collaborate and communicate instantly, without concern over geographical or time distances. As much of a technological revolution it has been, it’s frequently said that a ‘rapid digital update’ is no substitute for physical communication and getting quality time working together.

Date: 31/08/2017 | Author: Roger Hedges

The challenge of providing modern science education

It’s safe to say that the amount of information that our children have access to is absolutely astounding when compared to what our grandparents would have had. From December 1995 to December 2016, just 21 years, the number of internet users went from 16 million to 3.5 billion. Young people today have the ability to take the information available and their ability to learn is almost unlimited and far beyond the expectations that previous generations could ever have even dreamed.

Date: 01/08/2017 | Author: Roger Hedges

Multi-functionality is not a new thing!

It seems that the language used around schools today is a little more technical than in years previous; we now make common reference to ‘facilities’ and ‘resources’, rather than schoolrooms and equipment. Similarly, we now have ‘dual-purpose’ and ‘multifunctional solutions’ rather than the idea that it can simply be used for more than one thing.

Date: 30/06/2017 | Author: Roger Hedges

Why Expertise in School Buildings Matters

When it comes to building, knowing what type of construction needs to be done is a lot more important than you think! Building a small family home is very different to constructing a moderate commercial space, which in turn is different to a large shopping complex! For schools, the need to create some extra space is often put off and put off until it becomes an unavoidable necessity, just because it can feel incredibly complicated.

Date: 31/05/2017 | Author: Roger Hedges

Extending the Classroom for the Benefit of Everyone

Every school would love to be able to offer more to their pupils – more space, more facilities, more equipment, more teaching staff and more resources. With school budgets under careful control and scrutiny, many schools find that they feel pushed, both in terms of pupil numbers and the space they have available.

Date: 31/03/2017 | Author: Roger Hedges

The First Solution for First Aid

For readers of a certain age, the words ‘School Nurse’ still brings a slight sense of dread; creating memories of a cold room with nothing but a fold out table, some gauze and large pots of antiseptic. Today, however, schools take their health and safety responsibilities much more seriously; everything from visiting medical staff to providing emergency care should be to the best standard possible.

Date: 07/03/2017 | Author: Roger Hedges

Multi-functional spaces that support all students

Every single school in Britain has a wide range of students; some are athletically gifted, some are in love with science, others are mathematical wizards and some love to bury themselves in literature. Schools all have the same desire to provide facilities to support whatever activity it is that inspires their pupils and students.

Date: 03/02/2017 | Author: Roger Hedges

Science Labs and the Need to Offer More to Young People

It seems that recently the pressure on schools has become greater than levels ever seen before; the demands of Government to not only improve standards in science, English and mathematics whilst at the same time reducing budgets has left many feeling pushed in their offerings to pupils and students.

Date: 01/01/2017 | Author: Roger Hedges

New School Buildings that Sound Amazing!

Schools these days are a vastly different affair compared to what they were just a single generation ago. Schools in previous years tended to be single-purpose affairs; single, stock rooms that were adapted to the particular lesson they needed to teach. For most lessons, this involved decorating the room in a particular style, so Geography teachers would place large maps and diagrams of the water cycle on the walls, whereas English teachers would have pictures of Shakespeare and Dickens, along with supporting passages.

Date: 05/11/2016 | Author: Roger Hedges

Future-proofing your school with Education Spaces

To say that education is not a fast-evolving profession would be very short-sighted; the changes in teaching methods, different curricula and the ever-changing requirements of students make it a constantly updating process. One area that some schools don’t update as often is their actual building requirements.

Date: 05/10/2016 | Author: Roger Hedges

The New School Year and New Requirements!

It’s the day that divides opinion in schools more than any other; the first day back! This September, over 8million pupils returned to school, some were dreading it, whereas others cannot wait to get going! After the long summer holidays, we’re also fairly sure that many of the teachers feel exactly the same, as before the start of each year, long hours go into planning lessons, teaching aims and the facilities available.

Date: 05/09/2016 | Author: Roger Hedges

The Use and Benefits of Sensory Rooms in Schools

One of the most common desires for just about any school is either more space or better facilities. Although many young people find their needs met by attentive teaching staff, there are a number of children with special educational needs (SEN) that the school would love to be able to support.

Date: 02/08/2016 | Author: Roger Hedges

The importance of colour when used in all types of school rooms

Education spaces outdoor buildings can be an exceptionally valuable addition to the school, but the key thing to remember is that they must work for both teachers and pupils. Although the design phase will take care of many of the intended uses and ensure the space will physically meet the needs of staff and students, there’s more than just dimensions to getting the most out of your facilities.

Date: 07/07/2016 | Author: Roger Hedges