More and more schools and colleges are focusing on the immense benefits offered by open plan teaching. The importance of more flexible and agile learning environments and the capacity of teachers and students to work in more open and collaborative ways reflects a more responsive approach to future learning needs.
UK Learning believes that for open plan arrangements to work effectively the vision, ethos and operational needs of open spaces need to be well defined in terms of learning and teaching behaviours. An integrated design approach is then required to create effective and well-designed spaces to achieve these learning goals and good operational outcomes. Acoustics are central to this debate as an integrated design element of the design solutions for these spaces.. This paper from MACH acoustics provides invaluable help and comment as a contribution to this debate.