Seating is undoubtedly the first furniture consideration in the design of a school or university.…
As schools are returning, senior leaders will be making plans to ensure that classrooms remain safe environments. And this may mean having to consider some changes to your current arrangements to ensure that social distancing guidelines can be followed. But rather than completely stripping out your existing school furniture, consider how it can help enforce safety policies and continue to enhance pupils’ learning. We look at how to use school furniture to help with social distancing.
Get creative with your spaces
Having desks set out in separated rows is an easy way to achieve social distancing. But you will impact students’ learning if they don’t have opportunities to interact with others.
Arranging your furniture so you can spread your students out in a horseshoe shape is an excellent solution. This semi-circle layout allows you to leave space between students while they all face in towards the centre of the room. This way, they can see the teacher, the board and each other easily without the need to turn around. This means staff can safely build in opportunities for group discussions and student-led demonstrations.
Make use of any mobile furniture in the room
Movable furniture is a true asset in the age of social distancing. Being able to move units allows staff to rearrange their rooms to suit the needs of all their individual classes. If a teacher has a larger group, they can simply push mobile storage units to the edges of the room so that they have a bigger floor space to arrange their seating plans.
Or you can strategically place mobile furniture around the room to form unobtrusive parameters to avoid students mixing. This is particularly useful if you are teaching a practical subject that requires a degree of movement.
Identify your current safety provisions
You may already have plenty of protective barriers in your classrooms without having to buy lots of expensive additional screens. Making use of school furniture that has any form of partition will help students social distance but also focus on their work. This is valuable in spaces like IT facilities where students need to sit closer together or in situations like tests.
School furniture to help with social distancing – where to find out more
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