The impact of design on student outcomes
Most schools were built between the 1950s and 1970s. The way that teachers teach and students learn has been developing since then.
We want all schools to have vibrant, well connected, physical environments that encourage and support many different types of learning.
This flexibility helps teachers equip our kids with the skills and knowledge they need.
The evidence shows that the physical design of a space can have an impact on student outcomes. It also shows that physical design and teaching practise need to be closely aligned.
The following fact sheets provide a quick overview of what the research says about the link between physical design and student outcomes:
- Flexible Learning Space: How the design of spaces can help student achievement [PDF, 1.3 MB]
- Flexible Learning Spaces: Making spaces work for everyone [PDF, 1.1 MB]
For more information, you can read our full reports:
- The impact of physical design on student outcomes [PDF, 2.6 MB]
- Māui whakakau, kura whakakau – the impact of physical design on Māori and Pasifika student outcomes [PDF, 2.1 MB]
These documents provide a guide for principals, Boards of Trustees, teachers, and parents who are interested in creating a flexible learning space, but want to know more about what this will mean for their students.
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