Additional Learning Needs (ALN)

Time: 14:00 - 15:15

Date: 20 June 2019

20-june-2019 14:00 20-june-2019 15:15 Europe/London Additional Learning Needs (ALN)

Designing for SEN students for all stages of education: Lucy Plumridge, HLM Architects The British Institute of Learning Disabilities estimates that 2% of people in the UK have a learning disability/ difficulty, ranging from mild to profound and multiple learning disabilities. The diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorders and other cognitive disabilities is on the increase with… Read more »

Education Buildings Wales

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Designing for SEN students for all stages of education: Lucy Plumridge, HLM Architects

The British Institute of Learning Disabilities estimates that 2% of people in the UK have a learning disability/ difficulty, ranging from mild to profound and multiple learning disabilities. The diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorders and other cognitive disabilities is on the increase with ASD reportedly affecting 1 in 100 or even 1 in 60 young people in some countries. For these students the world can feel overwhelming, they can feel socially different and unable to interpret what is going on around them and this can cause considerable anxiety. So how do you design schools, further and higher education spaces that support special educational needs such as Asperger’ Syndrome and Social Anxiety?

The talk will explore how design principles for specialist SEN schools can influence all education buildings, to create environments that can reduce stress and anxiety. It will include an exploration of the sensory qualities of spaces as well as physiological impact of spatial relationships.

Implementing updated British Standards for Accessible Schools: Steven Mifsud, Direct Access

Schools and colleges face challenges in adapting buildings of various ages and purposes to meet the needs of disabled pupils with tightening resources. Drawing on fifteen years’ experience of auditing and advising over 900 schools, Steven’s presentation will look at:

  • Who benefits from inclusion (a brief introduction)
  • Equality Act 2010 in practice
  • Who the Act applies to – visitors, staff and pupils
  • The new revision of the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice for Wales
  • Implications from the new British Standards BS 8300
  • Accessibility audits for schools to identify issues in order to achieve a workable accessibility plan
  • The journey of an accessibility audit
  • Creating an accessibility plan to be published (SEN requirement)
  • Case studies, typical issues and how they can be resolved

Special School Design – Lessons Learnt: Kevin Tansley, Western Federation

During his career Kevin has been involved in a number of capital works projects including 3 new schools and 4 major refurbishments. His presentation will focus on the construction project for the £12m Tŷ Gwyn Special School in Cardiff, which was completed in 2010. He will explain the detailed design process, stakeholder engagement and the valuable lessons learned along the way.

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