Expanding and developing schools and classroom space remains a high priority for state government across Australia. Persistent population growth is placing ever great strain on already struggling education Infrastructure, thus placing pressure on successive governments to invest in school building projects, ensuring sufficient school spaces are available now and for following generations.
Governments continue to commit to record spending across the sector. 2017/18 budgets pledged record funding to the sector; Victoria has dedicated over $500m for the construction, planning an upgrading of schools, Queensland designated nearly $1bn to infrastructure projects, whilst NSW set aside $4.2bn over four years, with an estimated 32,000 classrooms to be built.
As pedagogy continues to advance, so does what teachers want and students need from classrooms. Researchers persist in search of the holy-grail in teaching practice and architects pursue innovative solutions to allow students to flourish in their learning environments. Increased population growth and demand for student spaces ensure that continued investment into the education sector is imperative. But, the aforementioned continuously changing approaches to teaching and classroom spaces ensure that the emphasis on planning and designing innovative classrooms is as imperative as ever; allowing student success and teaching excellence to thrive.
Group Director – Planning & Strategy, Department of Education NSW
Director, Infrastructure Finance, ACT Government
Manger PPP - WA Schools PPP, Representing Badge/Perkins Joint Venture
Principal, Central Coast Grammar School
Principal, Lauriston Girls' School
Dr Benjamin Cleveland
Senior Lecturer in Architecture, Associate Director, Learning Environments Applied Research Network
Director, Hayball Architects
Principal, South Melbourne Primary School
Director, Hamilton Hayes Henderson Architects
Headmaster, Emmanuel College & Instigator of the Josiah College Project
Associate Professor Jenene Burke
Associate Dean learning and Teaching, Federation University
Design Manager, Fleetwood
Unit Manager - OHS and Safety in Design, Architecture and Access
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