The City of Edinburgh Council - Future Schools Project Award 2019

Learner voice is very important to the City of Edinburgh Council so we developed a competition through our Future Schools Project to ask our learners how they would improve their learning environments.

We will be exhibiting the five finalists’ entries for the Future Schools Project Award competition, which aims to promote learners as designers of their own learning environments. This competition was open to all City of Edinburgh Council nurseries and schools. Learners were asked to design a space in their school or nursery that would improve teaching and learning, inclusivity and wellbeing.

The finalists are Broughton High, Corstorphine Primary, St Cuthbert’s RC Primary, St John Vianney RC Primary and Murrayburn Primary and you can have your say as voting takes place on day one of the conference, with the winner being announced on the Keynote Stage.

Excitingly, we’ll be working with our development partner, Hub South East to make the winners’ dream a reality. The City of Edinburgh Council has worked with Hub South East over the last 9 years to create fantastic new learning spaces across Edinburgh and now the winners will have this experienced team and its supply chain help bring their ideas to life as the winning design is taken though a Junior Hub process to develop the ideas from concept through to delivery in their school.

Please come to stand G20, talk to the learners, see their designs and cast your vote by 12pm. The entries will be exhibited for the entire conference to showcase the learners’ hard work, research and informed designs.

The Five Finalists’

Murrayburn Primary School

“Hi, I’m Sampoorna from Murrayburn Primary School and I will tell you about our idea – The STEAM Room. So, our problem identified in stage 1 was that we didn’t have a space where we could learn actively. A place where nobody would mind about getting all messy. But our school doesn’t have enough money or resources to do this. So we thought of The STEAM Room – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths. The STEAM Room is a place where all types of learning is possible. It is a room for experiments, messy art, dirty science and lots more. Children will be able to learn how to use skills like apply, analyse and evaluate, some of the key things in active learning.” – Sampoorna, age 10 Sampoorna and her Primary 7 classmates have developed their idea from scratch. They have surveyed the whole school and identified active learning, together with STEAM as areas which the children and staff would like to improve.

St John Vianney RC Primary School

We are a group from Primary 5 at St John Vianney Primary School. Our school is in the Inch on the south side of Edinburgh. Last year when we were in Primary 4 our class decided to enter the Future Schools competition. We have a room called the AV room. Apparently, that stands for ‘audio visual’ room. Once upon a time the room was used for pupils to watch things on the tv, now everybody uses it for everything and uses it in different ways! But the room is old, empty, dull, bland and boring and doesn’t inspire us to learn. We want to create a space that works for everyone. A space that can change and adapt to meet the needs of everyone that uses it. Based on all our research and learning we have now created a design for a room with furniture and storage that can be used in different ways for all the different activities. A room that can be used by individuals, groups or whole classes. We want everyone who uses the room to walk into it and say WOW, this is a fantastic learning and doing space and I want to be here!

Corstorphine Primary School

We are Corstorphine Primary School and we are dreaming of a classroom where the ceiling is the sky. Our design features an innovative wildlife garden classroom for all children in our school community. Working within the heart of our village, our school thrives when we work together and our entry has been designed in consultation with our children, staff, families and community. Our aim is to connect our children back to nature as a stimulus for discovery, to develop sustainability and take the ceiling off our learning. The sky is the limit!

St Cuthbert’s RC Primary School

The St Cuthbert’s Primary School’s team have been working with a lot of enthusiasm for the Future Schools Edinburgh Project Award. We are dreaming of turning our current library from an inefficient multi-purpose room to the heart of our school! The current issues with our library are related to Access, Environment, Inclusivity and differentiation, Resources and space management, Partnership, Teaching and learning. We dream that our library can be transformed to an exciting and inclusive environment in which a plethora of meaningful learning experiences can take place! At St Cuthbert’s we dream of our future school and we work hard together to achieve our goals! We did our very best to turn all our ideas into an effective and flexible design. Helping us bring this design to life will massively improve the learning experiences of all pupils in our school while promoting our design to inspire more schools around Edinburgh and around the world!

Broughton High School

We are a team of S3 pupils from Broughton High School, working on behalf of the pupils, the staff and our local community. We have created a sustainable, multi-functional space, bringing the outdoors indoors. Whilst an integral part of our school, emotionally this is a very different space. Our design brings together several initiatives and projects running within our school and offers an entirely different vibe to benefit the pupils, the staff and our local community. We have strived to build upon the nurture facilities currently provided within our school. We think all pupils should enjoy coming to school and feel a strong sense of belonging. We believe all parents/carers should feel able to engage with our learning environment. We would love to see the school’s enterprising initiative expand to further develop the employability skills of many pupils. We are an important part of our local community, we rely on our local community and we are endeavouring to improve our partnership working through our design.