Learning space

Explore possibilities for great student learning in a range of learning spaces.

Effective learning spaces

Effective learning spaces:

  • are mobile, flexible, varied, and connected
  • provide students with choice in where and how they learn
  • can be adapted to accommodate learning modes and technology
  • provide optimum learning conditions such as temperature, light and acoustics
  • support opportunities for students to learn independently and in small and large groups
  • support collaborative learning and teaching for students and teachers.

SLEC's Contemporary learning spaces literature review thematically explores recent literature relating to contemporary learning spaces to contextualise the arguments for why system leaders should prioritise investment in newly building and upgrading physical school infrastructure. The review presents a synthesis of prominent findings from empirical research and offers key principles to both define and guide what may be considered “fit for purpose”.

Download the contemporary learning space literature review

Support for teachers designing effective learning spaces

SLEC offers the following professional learning tools to help teachers design and use their learning spaces purposefully:


Purchasing furniture

The Department advises schools to refer to procurement guidelines, school classroom furniture (staff only) for purchasing and safety standards advice.
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