The EFSG provides information and tools required to design and build new schools assets, utilising a set of standard components. It also provides guidance for undertaking school upgrades, based on a clear set of design principles and space requirements.
Our approach to school design has been informed by research evidence to support current and emerging pedagogy, whilst maintaining flexibility to ensure individual schools needs are met.
The EFSG must be read in conjunction with EFSG - Technical Standards. Technical Standards provides detailed design and delivery requirements that supports and forms part of EFSG compliance.
The EFSG and Technical Standards are maintained by School Infrastructure NSW
Welcome to the updated educational facilities, Standards and Guidelines website. This valuable resource has been redesigned to make information within it more easily accessible to its users. For that reason, it has been split into two complementary sites. This first site is designed with more broad appeal for school staff members and interested parents and members of the public. The other site covers technical standards and, as the name suggests, delivers important information for those involved in a range of school building projects.
Both sites play an important role on one hand, giving insights into why certain design and build decisions are being made and on the other, realtime technical advice on how to achieve the best possible outcomes. The EFSG site begins with a look at school design and construction from an educational planning perspective. You'll discover how a whole range of education principles impact school design with careful consideration of the particular local needs of learners and their communities. Included are things like an overview of how different schools operate and why, how good design can make a huge contribution to learning and teaching, how designs that take inclusivity into account are creating much better outcomes and many other examples of how to achieve the best outcomes for contemporary learning environments in this ever changing and interconnected world. Moving on to the Design Framework section, you'll find a wide range of important factors apart from education that need to be considered at the design stage everything from site selection, sustainability and transport planning to making sure there is a focus on creating a safe equitable environment for all.
Design Standardisation is a new approach adopted to the design and building of new schools and school buildings. This will take you to the latest updates on different types and sizes of schools and their learning hubs. The Effsg Side finishes with Design Components, an extremely useful aggregator of everything you need to consider in the school design and building process. It gives you simple tools to bring together your desired components, taking into account various building types and school sizes. Once you've made your selection, you will be presented with three key areas of information.
Firstly, the functional relationships to provide the overall ideal master plan of the selected school type and size and the important adjacencies and other relationships to individual hubs that optimise the operation of a school. Secondly, the hubs and layouts that dive deeper into the individual planning and description of each learning or resource unit and thirdly, accommodation schedules where you'll be able to identify the types of rooms and spaces as well as the quantities which can be provided. The site is a great way to understand and get involved in the design and planning of schools. We hope you enjoy spending some time looking at the exciting prospects for the future of education. Note that the accompanying technical standards site has been designed for industry design and construction professionals and an access logging code is required.
If you do require an access code, please contact us on this email.
Learning and teaching is the core of school design.
SINSW have adopted a standard approach to designing new schools and new school buildings. This includes the change to a reduced number of core facility and specialised learning hub sizes categorised as ‘extra-small’, ‘small’, ‘medium’ and ‘large’.
Want to know more?
Refer to the Design Components section of this website.
Design frameworks provides a high level understanding of the policy, procedures and processes to guide design solutions across a range of considerations.
Designing a new school? Upgrades to an existing asset?
Explore functional relationships, hub layouts and schedules of accommodation for various school types and sizes.
Disclaimer: All images and photos of built projects are indicative only and may not be a true representation of EFSG’s current performance requirements