This conference will include a challenging but motivating overview of the evidence informed Communication Friendly Spaces™ Approach to inform short and long term development, ensuring that environments created inside and out are really appropriate for learners today and set the scene to ignite high levels of engagement. Elizabeth will illustrate the theory with lots of relevant imagery, case studies, videos and examples of impact, to demonstrate how the principles underpinning the approach have been used in practice. Using a case study approach, key strands will be highlighted, for example:
+ The emotional climate and using the environment to support secure transitions into, out of and through the school/ setting day, to establish a sense of familiarity, belonging and connection (personalisation of the environment/ families and wider community connection/ outward facing pedagogy)
+ Maximising the use of space- developmentally appropriate spaces- social spaces- scales of space- physicality of learning- sensory integration
+ Storage and resource management- reducing overload
+ Resources and materials available around the site- fascinations, sensory integration, open-ended, natural, re-purposed, authentic, triggering talk
+ The impact of noise and managing this
+ Informed use of colour
+ The effects of light
+ Pupil Voice on the environment and different ways to consult
+ Our knowledge and awareness as adults
“Developing a culture of questioning is key. We need to challenge some of the historical stereotypical ideas about the way that environments have without question been designed, taking account of what we know today about brain development, physical development, attachment theory and well-being.” Elizabeth Jarman.
Elizabeth Jarman is an internationally recognised learning environments expert and an award winning author. Elizabeth developed The Communication Friendly Spaces™ Approach, which uses the environment to support communication skills, emotional well-being and physical development. Elizabeth’s work is widely recognised and respected and her thinking is professionally challenging the way that environments for children are viewed. She developed many Early Years Programmes for the Department for Education, UK. Elizabeth worked as lead UK consultant with UNESCO advising on the development of European Family Learning schemes. She is currently developing various learning environment projects in the UK, Jordan, Malaysia and Thailand.