There has not been a significant amount of change to the design of science laboratories since the days of Faraday in the late 19th Century. Teaching and learning facilities now need to reflect a more interactive and ICT-led approach to create more inspiring science accommodation. Project Faraday was a DCSF (now DfE) project that guided and supported the building of new exemplar school science accommodation solutions.
White Design assembled a team with a broad range of skills to assist with the delivery of this exciting educational initiative. Our project partners included the Building Research Establishment (BRE), Edunova, Willis Newson, Learning Through Landscapes and Consilient Consulting. The White Design team is one of three Faraday teams. We worked with Bideford College, Joseph Rowntree School and Weydon School to undertake research into best practice for science teaching and learning both in the UK and abroad. This research informed the design process for new science accommodation in the schools and associated interactive experiments throughout the school environment.
The outcome was a publication showcasing the exemplar designs for science areas in schools. It has proved enormously valuable to local authorities, building professionals and schools. The first of the 12 schools that took part in the initiative were completed in 2008 have acted as demonstration projects and the guidance was adopted by Partnership for Schools (now the Education Funding Agency) for all subsequent secondary school science designs.