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How to Create Inspiring and Stimulating Learning Spaces

October 27, 2017, 10:24 GMT+1
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  • We hear how Smarter Spaces is working with schools across the country to design learning spaces that are not only inspiring and stimulating, which also meet the needs of the busy school environment...
How to Create Inspiring and Stimulating Learning Spaces

We believe life is better in a better space. We are committed to creating better spaces to improve lives, whether that is at home, in the community, at work or in school, and we passionately believe in the value of good classroom design.

We launched the Smarter Spaces campaign last year to raise awareness of the tremendous impact that the learning environment can have on both learning and teaching, and to inspire and support schools to make the change – be they small tweaks or major overhauls.

Matt Pullen
Managing Director UK and Ireland for AkzoNobel, makers of Dulux.

My vision for the school is for children to develop a lifelong love of learning…independently and creatively. Using Smarter Spaces to overhaul our school hall has had a huge impact, going beyond our initial aims of revamping the space and working towards achieving the Artsmark.

It has helped to continue our vision and has completely changed the way the school feels.

The children love the space and its bright colours; they want to be in the hall and are eager to learn!

Mrs Sue Collins
Executive Headteacher, St Mildred’s Primary School, Broadstairs

Before, the room was boring and grey. Now it has a rainbow, which is my favourite bit. The rainbow is important, because it’s nice to look at and it makes me feel happy. I like the ‘paint’ carpet and all of the coloured seats too.


I like having a stage. Dressing up is my favourite thing to do, because we can pretend to be different people. There are also lots of masks and different outfits. I find it really fun to draw and paint and make things!

Pupils at St Mildred’s

Creative use of space does not have to involve large sums of money to have an overwhelmingly positive impact.

Our research has shown that creating a ‘smarter space’ is a brilliant opportunity for teachers and learners to work together to design inspirational spaces and come up with creative solutions to problems.

Fie Rason
Senior Project Manager, The Schools, Students and Teachers Network (SSAT)

In making learning better, every detail matters, and making over a learning space can also makeover the way we organise our learning, our zones and our protocols. As more research worldwide explores education it becomes clear that better learning spaces produces better learning in so many ways.

Professor Stephen Heppell
Education Expert

At Smarter Spaces, our mission is simple: to help teachers and children thrive through the power of design and colour in schools. Across the country, we help transform schools and classrooms into environments that are not just visually appealing, but also support teaching and learning.

Interested in finding out more about how your school can get involved in Smarter Spaces? Visit, or follow @Smarter_Spaces on Twitter!

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