Creating a school, changing a school, building a school: the possibilities for dialogue.

School Design Futures – Seminar 3

Creating a school, changing a school, building a school: the possibilities for dialogue.
Drawing on therapeutic community experience
2 & 3 February 2011
Planned Environment Therapy Trust, Church Lane, Toddington, Cheltenham

This will be an innovative seminar, the third in our series: School Design Futures. It brings together those who work in therapeutic communities with teachers, teachers of special needs education, lecturers of education for sustainability, students and architects of sustainable schools, to explore the role of dialogue in designing sustainable schools and therapeutic communities.

The series is supported by the UK Energy Research Council; The Meeting Place, Oxford; the Institute for the History and Work of Therapeutic Environments; and the Innovative Manufacturing and Construction Research Centre at the University of Loughborough. The intention of this residential seminar is to allow participants to experience at first hand, in the beautiful and welcoming environment of the Planned Environment Therapy Trust’s Archive and Study Centre which is devoted to therapeutic communities and the base for the Institute for the History and Work of Therapeutic Environments, the relationships between methods in therapeutic practice, education for sustainability and approaches to user engagement in sustainable design.

It will look in detail at the process of engaging clients and users in design. There will be a mix of presentations and discussion sessions that will use approaches that come from both user participation in design and therapeutic communities to encourage dialogue between all.

These sessions will be facilitated by Teresa von Sommaruga Howard, a practising architect and large group conductor to encourage broad discussion and to explore the personal, practical, political and research issues raised by participants during this, and the previous first and second seminars. Themes for dialogue may include emerging issues of alternative education, of education for sustainability, the demise of the Building Schools for the Future programme and involving those with special needs in consultation processes or evaluation of sustainable schools. Themes, issues, and possible courses of action crystallised during this seminar will inform the fourth and final Seminar of the School Design Futures Series, and the subsequent publications.

For further details please contact Dr Andrea Wheeler, Research Associate, The University of Loughborough at or 01509 222891 /0780 0748723

The seminar fee of £100 includes all meals and accommodation for the evening of the 2nd February. There will be an opportunity for poster presentations from architects, students and researchers.

To book a place on the seminar please contact and

School Design Futures Seminar – 2 and 3 February 2011
PETT, Toddington, Cheltenham
DAY 1: Wednesday 2 February 2011

10.45 to 11.15 Arrival and Registration
11.15 to 11.30 Introduction and review of outcomes from the previous two seminars in the School Design Futures series and setting context for this seminar. Andrea Wheeler
11.30 to 13.00 Session 1: Review of the implications of recent political developments on schools in the formal and informal sectors, the current context we find ourselves in with the dissolution of the BSF programme and austerity measures. Introduced by Patrick Webb OBE, Education consultant
13.00 to 14.15 Lunch
14.15 to 15.45 Session 2: Possible responses to the current situation? Introduced by John Diamond, Executive Director of the Mulberry Bush School, Oxford,
15.45 to 16.15 Tea
16.15 to 17.45 Session 3: Involving and Engaging Vulnerable Young People in Service and Systems Development. Presentation prepared by Brian Lawson and Caroline McCabe, introduced by Caroline McCabe
17.45 to 18.00 Break
18.00 to 19.30 Session 4: Introduced by Sam Foster , Gaia Architects, Edinburgh
19.30 to 19.45 Break
19.45 onwards Dinner

DAY 2: Thursday 3 February 2011

9.00 to 10.30 Session 5: Linking personal vision with political vision Introduced by Paul Maiteney
10.30 to 11.00 Morning Coffee/Tea
11.00 to 12.30 Session 6: Furthering the dialogue with seminar delegates.
12.30 to 13.30 Lunch
13.30 to 15.30 Session 7: Planning session for the final seminar and dissemination of the outcomes from the series.
15.30 Close

For any further information about the programme please contact Andrea Wheeler, Tel: 01509 222891

All the presentations from School Design Futures seminar 2, 27 – 28 April 2010, St Hugh’s College, Oxford are online at the UKERC Meeting Place website:

School Design Futures Seminar

2nd and 3rd February, 2011

Booking Form

Please fill in the booking form below, and send your remittance of £100 per person attending (to include conference, accommodation for one night and all meals). Alternatively, please indicate that you wish to be invoiced, or will pay on the day.

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Cheques should be made payable to PETT (Planned Environment Therapy Trust) and sent to PETT at the address below.

As accommodation at the Barns Centre is limited, it would be helpful if you could indicate whether or not you would be willing to share a twin bedded room.

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Further details of the programme and travelling to PETT , Barns Conference Centre will be sent on receipt of a booking form.
Please return form to:
Planned Environment Therapy Trust, Barns Centre, Church Lane, Toddington, Cheltenham, GL54 5DQ. Email: Telephone: 01242 621200

About Andrea Wheeler
I am Andrea Wheeler a researcher of sustainable school design. Iam currently a researcher that the Centre for Engineering Education at Loughborough University. Previous roles have included a Research Assistant in the Department of Building and Civil Engineering assigned to a project involving action research influenced post-occupancy evaluations of school buildings. The project comprised of quantitative and qualitative assessments of research data, carrying out workshops with children and other building users, exploring and motivating sustainable behaviours, with the view to identifying probable improvements in energy efficient school design and in predictive design tool. I am always looking for new projects, new research ideas and new collaborations. Past project have involved work at the University of Nottingham 2007 - 2010 and work with Defra's Sustainable Behaviours Unit (see links below).

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