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Tuesday 25 October 2016

Day One | Day Two

09:00 Opening remarks from Chair


9:10 An update on NSW school building programme

  • Expanding the NSW schools network
  • Meeting demands
  • Challenges completing projects on time and within budget

Jane Simmons, Executive Director, Public Schools NSW, Department of Education

9:50 NSW opposition education strategy: What more could be done?

Luke Foley MP, Leader of the Opposition, NSW

10:10 PANEL | What are the key challenges when meeting continuing demand for classroom space?

  • Avoiding over estimating population growth and demand
  • Focus regions
  • Ensuring infrastructure is in place before demand is too high

11:10 Morning Tea

11:30 The Federal Opposition’s perspective of effective school planning

  • Reviewing the Building Education Revolution
  • What worked?
  • What did we learn?
  • What will we implement when next in government?

Andrew Giles MP, Shadow Minister for Schools


12:10 Population growth: where will pressure be most profound?

  • Highlighting where continued population growth will impact school infrastructure the most
  • Monitoring changes in demographics
  • Adequately formulating a plan to ensure schools are not oversubscribed

Dr Peter Goss, School Education Program Director, Grattan Institute

12:50 Lunch


13:50 Adapting conventional classrooms into 21st century learning environments

A focus on adapting conventional classrooms into new 21st century learning environments, with the use of examples from ongoing projects to demonstrate the development of modern, innovative learning spaces.

Matthew Greene, Design Architect, Paynter Dixon Constructions

14:30 The evaluation of learning spaces as a means to advancing the field of learning environment design and pedagogy

  • New generation learning environments have encouraged educators to unleash responsive pedagogies previously hindered by traditional classrooms, and has allowed students to engage in a variety of learning experiences well beyond the traditional ‘chalk and talk’ common in many schools.
  • Many learning spaces now resemble places of collegiality, intellectual intrigue and comfort, as opposed to the restrictive and monotonous classrooms many of us experienced in years past.
  • This presentation will discuss whether these new generation learning spaces actually work – and if so, in what ways. Are they improving student experience and outcome?

Ben Cleveland, LEARN Steering Committee Member and Research Fellow, University of Melbourne

15:10 The role of the architect in delivering modern learning environments

  • Designing innovative classrooms
  • Developing classrooms that are open to changing pedagogy
  • Creating student centric learning environments

15:50 Afternoon Tea


16:10 Alternative Funding

  • Maximising potential funding avenues
  • Successfully leading consortia
  • Emerging trends and opportunities

16:50 Funding and procuring efficient school maintenance

  • Procurement models that focus on strategic asset maintenance and seek to optimise investment in the existing asset base
  • Engaging the market in energy efficiency initiatives that invest in the estate to deliver operating cost efficiencies
  • Optimising the funding and financing of investment in schools infrastructure

Darrin Grimsey, Infrastructure Advisory, EY

17:30 Closing Remarks

17:40 Networking Drinks

Wednesday 26 October 2016

Day One | Day Two

09:00 Opening remarks from Chair


09:10 Single source of accountability for design and construction outcomes: Benefits of designers and contractors collaborating through the design process

  • Effective identification and management of risks (ground conditions, site services, programme)
  • Efficient spatial and structural solutions (future adaptability)
  • Efficient building services design
  • Effective selection of materials (capital vs recurrent costs & fitness for purpose)
  • Efficient and effective management of time, cost and quality objectives
  • Accelerated project timetable, early return on investment

Roger Zammit, Chief Executive, Badge (Representing Badge/Perkins Joint Venture)


09:50 The challenge of expanding and building new schools in highly populated areas

  • Spatial demand/supply of public schools in the last 5 years (lessons learned)
  • Schools in the 30 min city concept (walkability, bikeability)
  • Future projections of population and building growth and scenarios for new/upgraded schools

Dr Simone Zarpelon Leao, City Futures Research Centre, UNSW

10:30 Morning Tea

11:00 Vertical Schools – Design Engineering things to consider when building up rather than out

  • Driver for vertical schools
  • Engineering design challenges
  • Case studies from New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia

Julian Soper, Associate Principal, Building Services Engineering, Arup


11:40 Safety in design

  • Ensuring that structures being designed will be safe for all people who will use the facilities including teachers, students, cleaners and visitors
  • Designers, employers and those who commission buildings all have duties relating to safe design under WHS legislation - what are the best methods for ensuring obligations are met?
  • This presentation will include links to past and present projects

Allison Crunden, Unit Manager - OHS and Safety in Design, Architecture & Access

12:20 Lunch

13:50 Schools, Universal Design and Access for People with Disabilities

Consulting with users is critical in process of designing environments that encompass the needs of students, teachers, parents and the community. Universal design is a design philosophy and movement that aims to create environments that meets the needs of all users. All levels of government around Australia are implementing policies and legislation around incorporating universal design into the built environment.

This presentation will describe universal design, how it can be implemented to assist in designing school environments that respond to the needs of all users, and discuss the intersection of universal design and access for people with disabilities.

Cathryn Grant, Senior Access Consultant, Architecture & Access


14:30 Implementing technology into classrooms

  • Positive and negative impacts of technology on different social and ethnic groups
  • Facilitating technology in different communities
  • Appropriate measures for the use of technology

Dr Michelle Eady, Professional Studies, Education, Social Sciences, University of Wollongong

15:10 Technology supporting the process; assessment driving the learning

  • Technology supporting learning and evidences of student work
  • The pedagogy model focuses on students improving their work based on feedback received on set weekly tasks, leading to the development of a capstone task that builds on the culmination of the weekly tasks
  • The technology also enables evidencing improvements student make to their work, based on ongoing feedback they receive from teachers and fellow students

Professor Bob Fox, PVC (Education) Portfolio, UNSW

15:50 Closing Remarks

16:00 End of Conference and Afternoon Tea

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