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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's commitments as we prepared to take it to the national level in 2016.

Commitment 2: supporting the research industry to understand the importance and effect of colour and design to support learning and teaching

Following Anne-Marie Duguid's (Director of Education, SSAT) presentation on the importance of research, the group discussed how having a clear evidence base is really important for decision-makers to draw on when making key decisions. Drawing on the Dulux Lead Practitioner research project, which will take place in ten schools across the UK, the group was interested in the project's potential to raise the profile of learning environments amongst decision makers.

When considering ways for the Smarter Spaces coalition to support the research industry, the group suggested that the following actions:

1.Supporting teachers to experiment with their learning environments: e.g. developing a framework to guide teachers in the steps they might take to enhance the learning environment and the pedagogy needed to support that shift.

2.Building an understanding of the importance of learning environments: e.g. encouraging pupils, teachers and schools to share best practice.

3.Overcoming misperceptions in relation to the learning environment: e.g. the dismissive attitudes of some senior politicians, the lack of empirical evidence available, and the belief that investing in the learning environment is a 'luxury'.

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.