Planning Learning Spaces

Posted on: October 23, 2019

We were delighted, about 18 months ago, when James, our Divisional Director, was asked to contribute the furniture section to the latest book to hit the shelves from publishers Laurence King, Planning Learning Spaces that was published on Monday. There’s little James doesn’t know about what’s happening in the world of educational furniture and the

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A cry for help

Posted on: June 30, 2019

Last Thursday, on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, we tweeted one of the images from our recent photo shoot. In it, we’d shown a No Outsiders poster – a small but deliberate demonstration of our support of Andrew Moffat’s programme. We received just one negative tweet in reply – far

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A corner, a corridor, a disused space:  why you don’t need to sacrifice a whole classroom to create an agile learning space

Posted on: October 5, 2018

If you find the standard classroom layout more of a hindrance than a help when it comes to creative learning you’re not alone,  I have long pondered the effectiveness of the ‘normal’ classroom.  I know for a fact that offering movement and choice to students in their learning environment, and giving them a sense of

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Learning to learn: how choice and movement in learning spaces leads to greater student engagement

Posted on: July 6, 2018

Classroom teacher and Learniture co-founder, Juliette Heppell, shares her first-hand experience of the impact of creative learning spaces and explains why she got involved with designing furniture for next-generation learning spaces. If you’ve ever felt that traditional classrooms are a sub-optimal environment for learning, you’re not alone.  I have long wondered why ‘normal’ learning spaces

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Write Wipe Write Wipe

Posted on: June 17, 2018

We’ve been invited to the British Standards Institute (BSI) on Tuesday: it feels a little like being invited to meet the Queen at Buckingham Palace! Their Education Furniture committee (which is responsible for the UK’s input into European standards for all types of educational furniture, as well as the preparation, revision and amendment of British

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Heppell Bench

The story behind… The Heppell Bench

Posted on: March 15, 2018

The Heppell Bench concept has been in development for nearly a decade. Designer James Clarke of Learniture wanted to design a multifunctional piece of furniture that created a range of different learning opportunities at a single, simple stroke. Professor Stephen Heppell, whose daughter, Juliette is one of Learniture’s co-founders, had the idea of a table

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Power to the people

Posted on: March 1, 2018

Stephen Heppell dropped by Learniture Towers earlier this week to see how the builders are getting on and how our little office is starting to take shape. Over a coffee in the fabulous Granary Deli below us, we chatted about this and that: the backlash that had been aimed at poor old St Catherine’s School

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A divided education world

Posted on: February 27, 2018

Returning from BETT, I’ve had some time to consider the landscape of the UK education system and I felt more positive than I have in a while. In an ever changing education landscape, the tough question has always been how can any school keep their eyes on the horizon whilst proactively working in the present.

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BETT radio with Russell Prue

Posted on: February 13, 2018

Juliette and James on Friday, followed by Professor Stephen Heppell on Saturday … we had a fab time being interviewed at BETT by the inimitable Russell Prue. Listen to it here

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Dry Wipe Pens

Posted on: February 2, 2018

One of the things I like most about BETT is it’s a chance for us to learn just as much as it’s an opportunity for us to show teachers our collection and explain how we believe it can impact on teaching and learning. And one such time was late last Thursday afternoon – chatting to

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