For nearly 35 years, Gratnells has been a leading name in education.
During that time, we’ve seen many changes in the way education has been approached.
But just how effective have they been?
Many schools and Academies have won awards for their outstanding physical appearance. Yet approaches to classroom design and layout have often been built around a model at least a hundred years old and frequently unsuitable for modern teaching.
We’ve watched as successive governments have experimented with educational reform models, none of which have involved classroom organisation and management. Have these curricula changes worked? It would seem not. Education standards in the UK have fallen dramatically. (According to surveys, we’re now below Japan, the US, France and Germany.)
And even the impact of incorporating modern technology into school classrooms has been described as ‘disappointing.’ Is that a problem with the equipment…or in the way in which it is experienced?
So, where do we go from here? Is it enough to just keep hoping that one day our children’s education will get better, given enough money, technology and school reforms?
At Gratnells, we don’t believe these factors hold the answers. We think the key is in the classroom.
Our view is that schools – and teachers – need to create an environment where children can learn, play, discover and interact in a way which gives successful outcomes.
And that won’t happen until we replace the centuries-old teacher-pupil-classroom model that is effectively killing the ability to take teaching and learning to a higher level.
In other words, in a 21st century school, we need a 21st century learning environment based on a model of classroom management and organisation that works.
We’re so passionate about the need for better classroom organisation that we’ve created the Gratnells Learning Rooms project.
We want to help teachers and schools turn ordinary classrooms into extraordinary places of learning. There is an abundance of information which shows that a well thought-out classroom arrangement makes children more likely to want to learn.
Of course, even though we’ve spent many years in education, we know that we can’t manage this project alone.
So to help us with our quest, we’ve engaged the services of Roger Cole, one of the most respected names in the educational sector. As a prolific author, educational consultant and advisor, Roger has been responsible for creating some of the most successful learning environments in primary schools throughout the UK.
Just how passionate are you about the future of education? Do you believe that children are the future and need to spend their school days in well-designed environments that support their needs
and stimulate learning?
Then get on board. Become a member of the Gratnells Learning Rooms project today and help us drive it forward.
It costs nothing except your commitment.
And in return, we’ll provide you with the resources, materials and downloads that will assist you in turning your classroom into a wonderful Learning Room.
Or, to put it another way, if you love teaching, the Gratnells Learning Rooms project will show you how to create the environment in which your pupils can love learning.