Learning Environment

The learning environment supports teaching spaces and in turn they enable better learning.

Maintaining a focus on the quality of the learning environment in art, craft and design is essential to support the quality of provision and ensure teaching is manageable for the range of activities carried out.

Art educators rightly believe that the art and design learning environment should be visually stimulating, well organised and resourced, so that it supports independence, and facilitates planned processes and techniques, health, wellbeing and safety.

School SLT members and the site manager may be ultimately responsible for provision and cleaning, but subject leaders have a clear duty to advise them, retaining critical oversight of all aspects of the provision to ensure it is suitable, adequate, safe and effectively facilitates their planned curriculum.

Display is an important aspect of an art and design learning environment, which should balance the dual purpose of empowering learning, with the value of celebrating achievement. 

This information looks at two broad areas of this provision:

  • Firstly, the specialist studios or classrooms and their suitability to support practical/creative learning activities and the scope of the planned curriculum.
  • Secondly, the expectation teachers should have for these facilities given the breadth of methodology they must support.

Relevant to all of this are the requirements for health and safety, alongside the pedagogies that might best function within these teaching and learning spaces. 

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