This programme examines a new thinking in classroom layout which challenges conventional wisdom on the use of displays, colours and lighting.
The Communication Friendly Spaces initiative involves a fundamental re-think of basic classroom layout. Research from around the world indicates that noise pollution, harsh lighting, use of primary colours and a busy, cluttered feel to a classroom all contribute to an environment which fails to encourage good communication skills.
Proponents of the new ideas argue that thought should also be given to the use of displays of pupils' work, which may also fail to promote the most positive learning environment.
Official website for the Basic Skills Agency, which is committed to finding, developing and disseminating good practice in literacy, language and numeracy
A link to the American NCEF, including information on how to achieve multipurpose spaces within schools
American online article exploring how classrooms can be designed for all children
An article that argues the convergence of technology, pedagogy and space can lead to exciting new models of campus interaction
A presentation on the creativity involved in classroom design, with examples of possible future classrooms
Ordering information about the Communication Friendly Spaces Toolkit publication, plus other related resources