If you wondered what signs to look for and also how to go about upgrading then read on.
Do you recall sitting in prefabricated classrooms at school, seated in rows surrounded by grey walls? These classrooms were, and still are, excellent interim solutions to increase teaching space, but they were never intended for long-term usage.
Although prefabricated buildings suit a purpose as a temporary learning space, research has suggested that a well-designed classroom can boost progress in school pupils by a whopping 16%1 . With evidence that a properly equipped classroom can have a seriously positive impact on students’ learning potential, it’s important to take a look at some of the tell-tale signs that show your classroom is in need of a design overhaul.
Lack of Space
A lack of space in your classroom can be extremely detrimental to the overall learning environment. Often small and stuffy, a cramped classroom can be uncomfortable for both teachers and pupils alike and may also mean obstructed views for students. A lack of space can also affect children’s feeling of ownership of their surroundings, a factor that can play an important part in how effectively they learn and behave.
Rising Energy Costs
As a general rule, prefabricated buildings are fitted with inefficient lighting and heating resources. As well as giving very little heating or cooling options (quite often such classrooms become either too hot or too cold), these appliances can also be costly to run. With reports that the Government are planning to cut school funding for the first time since the 1990s2, more energy-efficient solutions are becoming an attractive option. Reducing energy costs can also mean that cash can be spent in other areas of the school budget.
Basic Design Can Fail Pupils
The basic design of a prefabricated building can mean that the requirements of students with disabilities or special needs are unfulfilled or simply ignored. A recent study relating to the importance of classroom design for students with disabilities has suggested the following:
“Classrooms that provide a variety of choices in the physical environment are preferable for all educational programmes but are indispensable for meeting the wide range of educational requirements for students with disabilities and for helping them [to] become successful learners!”3
By creating a versatile learning environment, schools will have the capabilities to deal with students that may need special attention. Unfortunately, outdated schoolrooms deliver generic, single space classrooms that do not cater for all pupils needs.
Lack of Amenities
The practicalities of important amenities, such as hand-washing facilities and toilets, are an area often overlooked in prefabricated buildings. As they are meant as a short-term fix, these areas are often not included in temporary designs. The result is that pupils are forced to take time out to reach other areas of the school where these facilities are available, which may disrupt learning or prove difficult for students with mobility issues. Properly designed classrooms with appropriate facilities will minimise disruption as well as provide safe, sanitary conditions for all.
How Do I Go About Upgrading My Prefabricated Building?
If you’re experiencing some of the tell-tale signs of a prefabricated building failure, then it is time to consider upgrading your classroom. Scotts of Thrapston has the experience and the expertise to create the perfect learning environment, which can be designed to meet your specific requirements.
Once you have held consultations with all of your stakeholders, then it’s time to get in touch with Scotts to arrange visits and options. Contact Scotts today, on 01832 732366, and find out how their full turnkey solution can help you.