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Scoping Your Project

Scoping Your Project

Sometimes the hardest part of any project is knowing where to start. And with that uncertainty, it can be easy to resort to the cheapest products and blandest colours.

To avoid that trap, follow our step-by-step guide. Based on our experience with other schools, we believe it will help make your project more engaging and start your journey towards a school environment that can support better teaching and learning.

Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Lay out the project - budget, timeframes and what spaces you want to redesign. If you know these spaces already, skip to step 4. If not, steps 2 and 3 will help you decide.

  2. Our criteria for deciding where to focus your efforts:

    • Are there any spaces that hinder teaching and learning?
    • In what areas of the school is bad behaviour and bullying most common and would better design help overcome it?
    • What are the busiest parts of your school and do they need refreshing?
  3. If it’s proving difficult to make a decision on which space to choose, why not use a survey to encourage suggestions from the wider school community. And remember to ask them why - that will unearth great insights from those who are, after all, most familiar with your school. Get ready for an array of practical and creative ideas!

  4. Having chosen your space, take some time to ask those who use the space how they would want to design it to match their needs. Not only will this bring about the best ideas but is a hugely engaging process for those involved. We recommend running short engagement sessions to facilitate this part of the process.

  5. Set a method for how teachers and pupils will assess the impact of your redesign, as well as a time period for review - so it’s at the forefront of their minds during and straight after the project.

  6. You’ll now be ready to plan the delivery of your project. Good luck and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’d like more advice.

How our services can support your project

Advice on planning your project. The biggest range of paints and tools. Project management for jobs big and small. At Smarter Spaces, we offer a full range of products and services to meet your school's every need.