Five Innovations in School Design

Tom Weaver from Flywheel in the UK compiles a list of five innovations in school design:

Sometimes we are asked what are some of the most innovative ideas we have seen in the last few years in school design. Here are a selection. Some of them are well worn examples, yet we have still not seen widespread adoption of any of these principles, so the lessons deserve repeating.

  1. Learning spaces can be specialised around specific pedagogies or learning activities
  2. Schools are being organised around alternatives to curriculum-centric models
  3. Schools are piloting new approaches to teaching and learning prior to building
  4. Schools are being created in non school buildings
  5. Schools are connecting to other real estate in their local community

These patterns are centered around spatial design. More details and links to case studies on the blog.


  1. Thanks for the link. Interestingly, as far as this site’s content is concerned, I see all these innovations as being the spatial implications of thinking about redesigning the learning process to be about a learner-centred service.

    So much of the thinking from service design is starting to trickle into the world of learning environments, particularly an approach of mapping out the learner experience and journey first, and defining the design solution second. It seems obvious, but there is a reason that schools look and function much the same way as they have done in the last 100 years.

    Schools – around the world – rarely think about the educational process as service delivery. Charles Leadbeater has likened service innovation to being like rewriting the script. The current script in learning delivery is outmoded, and we need to work with schools to help them imagine and then put into practice new scripts that create better experiences and, hopefully better outcomes.




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