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Published on Jun 9, 2011
"With Isis it's not just an off-the-shelf answer, they try to create bespoke solutions for schools that really fit how they teach and how they want learning to take place in their individual institutions.
This space is delivering our curriculum model in a really effective way. It also says that you can do a lot of imaginative things in the fabric of an old building." Nick Jones, Principal, Twickenham Academy
The vision A space that would support the Kunskapsskolan style of teaching and learning, which prioritises personalised and independent learning. Pupils set their own targets, their own homework and study the curriculum at their own speed.
The furniture This highly flexible teaching and learning style manifests itself in collaborative groups of varying size and a traditional classroom layout doesn't support this type of work. You need small spaces where small groups can huddle in peace and quiet, large spaces accommodating different places to sit / stand / move around to complete the task in hand. And you need integrated ICT, because there are times when a helping hand from technology is the very thing you need to get a reluctant 14 year old all fired up.
- Acoustic Pods -- soundproof circular pods with light and power so you can plug in your laptop - StepSeat -- tiered seating (Twickenham chose the version upholstered with astroturf) which are great fun for collaboration and presentation - VerTable Interactive -- height-adjustable mobile project table with an ultra-short throw projector and interactive stylus which makes it ideal for presentation (with the worksurface in the vertical position) and collaboration (with the worksurface horizontal). - T02 Cable Managed Table - banks of desks with computers on, all set up and ready to go, so students can use them whenever they want - Beanbags and Isis Link Seating -- the crucial addition of comfort and colour with beanbags for slouching and stools for perching, that you can reconfigure as you see fit.