Pedagogically Disruptive Approaches in an SEN Setting

Time: 12:15 - 13:15

Date: Day 1


Pedagogically Disruptive Approaches in an SEN Setting


Philip Watson, Director, Head of Design at HLM Architects & Shona Crichton, Associate Principal, Springwell Leeds Academy.

Improving socialization and educational attainment in SEN settings is hugely challenging and ‘standard’ teaching and learning spaces may not provide the best settings for this. Wellspring Academy Trust uses highly successful ‘pedagogically disruptive’ approaches that improve outcomes for its students and these are facilitated by unique types of spaces that support these approaches.

This talk will explain how the Trust worked hand-in-glove with the architect to create spaces that support the pedagogies that are transforming outcomes for young people. It will show that conventional wisdom about best practice classroom design doesn’t necessarily apply in SEND settings. Examples will span both PMLD and SEMH settings with reference to school buildings in Barnsley that have been in successful operation for around ten years.

Learning Points:

  1. The type of pedagogies that can be accommodated in a variety of settings.
  2. The types of spaces required to support these pedagogies.
  3.  Comparative study of impact of disruptive pedagogies.
  4.  Understanding of how future schools, built to last at least 60yrs, can also facilitate these approaches.



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