Smarter Spaces – an SSAT and Dulux project

Smarter Spaces SSAT and DuluxIn October 2015, SSAT, in partnership with Dulux (part of the AkzoNobel Group) launched a new and exciting action research project in schools, that empowers learners to take an active role in the design and application of a ‘smarter space’ for teaching and learning.

Ten schools, from across the country were selected, from a strong set of applications, to be part of this project. They will each go through a design process working with their students and a Dulux designer between November 2015 and February 2016 to create the ‘smarter space’ for their school.

Over the next year the schools will then use this ‘smarter space’ creatively across the school to investigate the implications for teacher practice and the effect on learner engagement and activity.

The project, through a process of action research, will record and measure the impact of this new space on teacher pedagogy and young people’s learning and engagement.


The ten selected schools who will be involved in this project are:

  • Central Foundation Girls’ School, London
  • Cuddington Croft Primary School, Surrey
  • Freebrough Academy, Teeside
  • Hartsdown Academy, Kent
  • Lordswood Girls school, West Midlands
  • St Mildred’s P I School, Kent
  • Tranmere Park Primary School, Leeds
  • Upton by Chester High School, Chester
  • Wellacre Academy, Manchester
  • Windrush Primary School, London

Over the next 18 months SSAT will continue to work with the schools on this project and will produce a report on the outcomes in January 2017.


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