Get to know ten learning spaces

What is a learning space?

A learning space is the environment pupils or students are in when they are learning: in a word, a physical environment optimised for learning. What the learning space looks like may depend on the situation, the task and the pedagogy. Above, we have chosen to present ten types of learning space we often encounter in schools. These environments support different types of activity and learning, but are also important for social interaction and a feeling of security among both pupils and staff.

In our concept for the school, Next Education, we help to create the learning spaces of the future, where the focus is on active learning, sustainability and flexibility. In five simple steps, we help you to find out which learning spaces are important for your particular school, and how they should be designed to suit your pupils and their education.

We do a lot of work with sustainability and flexibility in our school furniture, because we want it to have a long service life, to suit a variety of teachers and pupils and to support a number of different activities. In the course of our sustainability work, we have developed a sustainability index for our furniture. We call it The Better Effect, and it shows in a simple way how our furniture can support your own sustainability efforts. But for us, sustainability also means flexibility: the flexibility to be able to adjust furniture to suit different users and to adjust the furnishings to suit different activities and needs. In this way, the furniture can be used by many people and in many different situations. The dining room can become a theatre or a rehearsal room, and the classroom can be used for morning yoga. We believe that the learning spaces of the future are active and flexible, to suit the needs of the pupils and their education.