Connecting a community and the importance of integration

Time: 13:45 - 14:45

Date: Day 2


Connecting a Community; Social value & impact in education building design

Speakers: Ruth Hynes, Senior Design Researcher, Atkins

Education buildings play an important role in communities, and can provide amenities and social value through both the design of the building and the construction stages. This session will provide an overview of different tools and approaches to support socially-led designs that enhance social value and the wellbeing of staff, pupils, and the wider community, focussing on how we have used bespoke tools on schools projects including Lisburne SEND school, Stockport and Haverfordwest High VC School, Pembrokeshire. Using our Human Centred Design briefing tool for engaging building users and our Urban Community Index to develop Local Needs Analysis, we can better understand the needs and challenges of local communities and set a clear design vision with social value for the locality.

Learning Points:

1. Overview of social impact & social value concepts in the context of education building design
2. Tools to assess social impact & social value across the lifecycle of projects
3. Synergies between designing for wellbeing and social impact

Inclusivity and Special Needs Pupils

Speaker: Zane Putne, Senior Architect, Noviun Architects

The inclusivity and integration of special needs pupils within society should start at school from the early years. As the number of SEN pupils grow each year, the importance of their future integration within mainstream environments has never been more important. SEN pupils need to have the best preparation to adapt for life after school, therefore not only their mental health should be considered but also their social interaction skills with others.
The presentation will explore how inclusion and integration can be achieved throughout pupils’ school life and what methods and strategies could be used at different key stages of pupils’ development.

Learning Points:

  1. Inclusion strategies at different key stages
  2. Integration of SEN pupils into mainstream
  3. Providing better life skills for pupils after leaving school



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