Can primary schools adapt to a post-lockdown world?


Can primary schools adapt to a post-lockdown world?

We talk with the Architects Journal and other education specialists about practical solutions.

Together with dRMM we examine design considerations and long-term ideas for school design:

  • More outdoor learning through external classrooms – greater consideration of the principles of forest schools, particularly for younger children.
  • Increase physical exercise so that children are healthier. Promote exercise outside rather than in internal space.
  • ‘A school without doors’ – minimise the number of doors while all corridor doors should hold open to minimise wear and tear, and avoid unnecessary touching of handles.
  • Lockers should be distributed throughout the school, or could be external.
  • Design out toilet areas doors to minimise touching of handles and to minimise bullying.
  • Improve ventilation. Increase air flow through passive ventilation.
  • Learn from the hospital sector in selecting materials and surfaces that are easier to clean and don’t support bacteria and viruses.
  • Increase numbers of maintenance and cleaning staff to ensure that surfaces are cleaned constantly.

Read the full article on Architects Journal

Nursery, reception and Y1 at Kingsgate Infant School benefit from covered outdoor play spaces both at ground and first floor level as a valuable learning environment for pupils