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The Smarter Spaces Inset Day

The Smarter Spaces Inset Day

The Smarter Spaces Inset Day brought together a Coalition of influential figures from the worlds of education, design and policymaking who believe in the power of classroom design to help support learning and teaching. These innovators not only shared their ideas, but also informed the development of the Smarter Spaces campaign as we prepared to take it to the national level in 2016.

Commitment 4: developing the necessary products, tools and services

Following Ben King's presentation on the products, tools and services that Dulux is developing, the group noted that there is a clear gap in the support available to schools in how they can redecorate their learning environments.

When considering the products, tools and services that Dulux should develop, the group made the following recommendations:

1.Tackling the funding barriers that schools face - e.g. supporting schools to identify and build partnerships with local businesses on their plans to transform their learning environments, making use of new platforms like crowdsourcing and leveraging government initiatives such as volunteering days.

2.Supporting head teachers and business managers - e.g. developing tools that help schools through the process of managing a redecoration process, including planning and business case support to facilitate decisions with governors.

3.Assisting teachers - e.g. developing classroom materials to help teachers engage their class in designing and using the learning environment, but also how this process can support cross-curricula work such as the science of colour.

4.Encouraging learners - e.g. launching a research library to support the design process, with examples from other schools across the UK and the world on how they’ve transformed and used their learning environment.

Dulux is committed to ensuring that the Smarter Spaces campaign draws upon a broad range of people and that their diverse experiences and expertise feed into the understanding of the learning environment.

Doing so means that those who really matter are able to actively participate in driving the campaign forward. We would welcome your thoughts on how we can work together to grow understanding of Smarter Spaces while inspiring and supporting schools across the country to make the change in the years to come.