Date
25 June 2019
ILEs

Planning innovative learning environments (ILEs)
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​Sensitivity to individual differences and learner variability must be a driver for planning decisions. Plan in partnership with students, teachers, parents, and experts.

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Understanding pedagogy

​Learn about the pedagogy that informs design and practice in an inclusive ILE.

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Design flexible, inclusive environments that are respectful of and responsive to individual learner preferences, needs, and values.

Strategies for action

Five key strategies supporting a school-wide approach to planning and developing an inclusive ILE.

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​Collaborate to develop an inclusive ILE

Engage with students, teachers, parents and whānau, experts, and your local community. Work together to plan an ILE that meets the specific needs of your whole community.

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Involve students in the design process from the outset. Utilise student inquiry and ensure students form part of your planning team.

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​Support inclusive teaching practices

Create multiple opportunities for teachers to expand innovative practices in flexible learning spaces. Work with staff to identify potential barriers to learning and wellbeing and plan collaborative approaches, utilising UDL principles that support all students.

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Design for all from the outset

A flexible learning space will work well for everyone only if it is designed to do so. Design a plan from the outset that includes all students, particularly those experiencing barriers to learning.

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Place students at the centre of design and planning.

– Consult with students, teachers, parents and whānau, and specialists.
– Identify learning needs and preferences.
– Design flexible spaces to meet those needs, and future needs.

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  1. Design for flexible use of space

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  2. ​Reflect cultural perspectives

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  3. Consider gender and sexuality perspectives​

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  4. ​Consider mobility needs

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  5. Consider sensory needs​

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  6. Support wellbeing and belonging

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Involve students

Change can be difficult for all learners, particularly those with ASD, ADHD, Down syndrome, FASD, visual impairments, and audio processing disorders (APD). Visit and re-visit the new space and new routines to ensure a successful transition.

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Students from Te Waka Unua School visit Halswell School to see their new design and gather ideas for their own learning spaces.

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Work with parents and whānau

Partner with parents and whānau to support students to transition successfully into the new environment. Plan approaches to learning, systems, and routines with the needs of individual learners, particularly those who experience challenges, in mind.

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Parents, Dayna and Phil share the benefits of ongoing conversations supporting a successful transition for their daughter into an ILE.

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Key resources

Innovative Learning Environments

Innovative learning environments

This research-based book, based on 40 in-depth case studies of innovative twenty-first-century learning environments, describes how to design a powerful learning environment where learners can thrive.

Publisher: OECD Publishing

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Innovative learning environments

Examples of all aspects of ILEs.

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

The nature of learning Using research to inspire practice

The nature of learning: Using research to inspire practice

Read time: 72 min

The lessons from research on the nature of learning and different educational applications are explained in this book. These are summarised through the seven key principles of learning.

Publisher: OECD Publishing

Innovative learning environments CORE white paper

Learning environments, belonging and inclusion

Read time: 14 min

The design of inclusive ILEs is considered in this white paper by Mark Osborne.

Publisher: CORE Education

The impact of physical design on student outcomes

The impact of physical design on student outcomes

Read time: 94 min

This report summarises research aimed at better understanding design features of learning spaces in the context of learning and achievement. Topics covered in this report include: lighting, heating, acoustics, indoor and outdoor spaces, and furniture considerations.

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Designing schools in New Zealand Requirements and guidelines

Designing schools in New Zealand: Requirements and guidelines

Read time: 59 min

The principal document in the Ministry of Education’s national guidelines for school property design.

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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