ERIC Number: ED432893
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
The Outdoor Classroom: Educational Use, Landscape Design, & Management of School Grounds. Second Edition. Building Bulletin 71.
Billmore, Brian; Brooke, John; Booth, Rupert; Funnell, Keith; Bubb, Michael
The Department for Education and Employment has produced this updated bulletin on school grounds development, highlighting the potential of these grounds as a valuable resource that can support and enrich the whole curriculum and the education of all pupils. The educational use of school grounds has positive affects on student attitudes towards their environment and can help pupils be better informed, responsible, and enterprising. Varied and flexible landscaping is important to afford many opportunities for learning by a diverse student body. Achievement of these goals requires communication and commitment of teachers, pupils, educational advisers, and landscape specialists. For new school sites, the landscape deserves as much attention as the building, and its financial allocation should be adequate enough to be viewed as an external works budget with sufficient allowance for aftercare. Improving existing grounds should involve pupils and teachers at the earliest stages, allowing for long-term changes in the grounds in successive years. Finally, grounds management and maintenance guidelines should determine the type and pattern of maintenance with support of landscape staff. Appendices include a suggested landscape survey checklist, a list of possible site features, a landscape brief for a new school, a management policy statement of objectives, publications relating to each section for further reading, and useful organizations. (GR)
Descriptors: Budgeting, Educational Environment, Educational Facilities Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Outdoor Education, Planning
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Community; Parents; Practitioners; Students
Authoring Institution: Department for Education and Employment, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)