The Basic Need for School Places challenge is one that is currently affecting a large number of schools across England and has the potential to affect school across the UK. For those schools that already have restricted space, the practicalities of taking on more pupils becomes an even harder and more complex one.
At LTL we are particularly concerned that many schools will feel that the only option they have is to place additional permanent or temporary classroom buildings onto their school play grounds or playing fields. This solution, whilst alleviating the capacity issue, means that many children are left with little or no space in which to learn and play outdoors.
With the help of our patron and supporter Sir David Attenborough we are looking to help schools find innovative solutions without reducing the footprint of the school’s outside spaces.
We have created guidance and support documents to help all those affected by these issues.
“Poorly thought out expansions could destroy one of the few remaining opportunities for many children to make regular contact with the natural world.”
Sir David Attenborough