Press release: December 2007
Pupils design classrooms of the future
Pupils are putting pen to paper to come up with their own inspired ideas for a school or classroom of the future.
Children and young people have been challenged to design or describe the ‘learning spaces’ they want to see in the new and remodelled schools being created through Building Schools for the Future (BSF).
It is part of a design competition that features in the first ever BSF newsletter for children and young people, which is being distributed through primary and secondary schools from this week.
Entries will be judged in three age categories – four to 10, 11 to 14 and 15 to 19 and the closing date is February 1. The winners will each receive an iPod Nano and their entries will be displayed at BSF conferences and roadshows, as well as being used to help inspire future school designs.
The new newsletter, called The future and beyond, is the first of a series of updates to keep pupils informed about what is planned for their schools through the £150m programme.
It has been put together in consultation with groups of young people from Tauheedul Islam girls high school, St Wilfrid’s sixth form, and Witton, Pleckgate and Darwen Vale high schools.
It also includes a questionnaire to find out young people’s views about how they want to learn and what makes a good school and whether they’d like to get more involved in BSF consultations and events.
Councillor Chris Thayne, executive member for children’s services, said: “BSF is all about transforming learning and creating new opportunities for young people, so they will be at the heart of everything we do.
“The launch of this newsletter is an important milestone as it shows our commitment to involving and engaging children and young people so that they can influence how they learn and the spaces in which they will learn.”
Blackburn with Darwen is in wave 4 of the national BSF programme, which aims to revolutionise the way children learn and develop and create extra facilities that the whole community will be able to use.
Under the scheme, it is proposed that eight of the borough’s high schools will be replaced, rebuilt or extensively refurbished to create new, state of the art facilities by 2016.