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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James Clarke


Posted on: January 20, 2018

You say STEM? I say STEAM? Let’s call the whole thing… That’s the thing about language. You mean this but I mean that, yet we both use the same word. Or we use different words yet mean the same thing. And in the case of Stem/Steam where, in the midst of all that, does MakerSpace

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James Clarke

Design Matters

Posted on: January 9, 2018

A couple of instances yesterday brought home to me why we believe, what we’re doing with Learniture is so important. Firstly, I read an interview by Emma Dyer with Dutch architect Herman Hertzberger. At 85, he still runs his studio in Amsterdam and in this interview (well worth a read over a coffee) he spoke

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