Utilise the space

The success of a flexible learning space relies on the learning and teaching that takes place within it. A smooth transition is enabled by teachers and students that are supported, informed and understand how the learning space can support new ways of learning. All users should have been involved in the development of a shared vision and have had the opportunity to provide feedback on the design process.

Key questions

  • What structures need to be implemented to ensure effective use and equity of access to the space?
  • How can you maximise success during the transition phase?
  • How can you share progress of the work?

Tips for utilising space

  • Set up a system for shared spaces to ensure equitable access.
  • Encourage hesitant or reluctant teachers to observe or team teach in the space to build confidence and teacher capacity.
  • Ensure students are prepared for and understand how to use the flexible space.
  • Continue to provide support and professional learning in future-focused learning and teaching.

For registered professional learning to guide you through the learning space design process, attend Flexible Learning Space by Design or Flexible Learning Space by Design (online).


A learning environment is only as good as the teaching and learning practice that occurs within the physical spaces, (Ministry of Education).

Understanding how space can be used to transformative ways requires an understanding of the affordances of different spaces and how they relate to pedagogy (Dovey and Fisher 2014).

Flexible learning spaces allow the power of teacher collaboration to be maximised in ways not possible in traditional classrooms, (Ministry of Education).

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