Lab Design: Planning Science Accommodation for Teaching and Learning NY211 / B20

Start date
2 Jun 21
2 Days
National STEM Learning Centre, Siwards Way, York YO10 5DD How to find us


Well-planned, imaginative and practical science spaces in schools and colleges can create outstanding learning environments for both students and teachers. This course will help heads of science, advisors, technicians and architects to create the best possible long lasting teaching and learning accommodation within budget.
Designing effective science-teaching spaces is a challenge and there are a large number of potential pitfalls to avoid. By equipping participants with the skills to plan, specify and direct the unique aspects of school and college science accommodation design, the pitfalls can be avoided and the best outcomes for students and staff reached.
Whether a full new-build science department, a basic refurbishment of a single lab or somewhere in between, you will be supported  during and after the course with resources and guidance to make effective choices. 

Who is it for?

Heads of science, senior technicians, school bursars, planners and architects

What topics are covered?

  • What makes good (and bad) teaching and prep spaces?
  • What do you need in your school or colleague? Planning to suit teaching and learning
  • How do you organise the spaces in a department?
  • The detail is key- making choices of fixtures and fittings to last- so we get hands on to see how robust things really are!
  • The detail is key- drawing up accurate and precise specifications to ensure longevity 
  • Inclusive design: making it work for everyone, including SEND
  • The process of commissioning, auditing and snagging- plus the realities of decanting from old accommodation to new!
  • Time for you to be supported in your own planning

How will you learn?

This course will be delivered face to face with participant tasks to be completed between sessions.

How long is this course?

This is a two-day residential course, fees include meals and accommodation for the duration of the course.

Who is the course leader?

  • Mark Langley

    I am the Science CPD Lead at the National STEM Learning Centre, York. With a chemistry and physics background, I have taught in a number of...


By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • explore the range of materials, equipment and health and safety guidelines available
  • gain understanding of new developments and policies for science and lab design
  • develop good practice in designing labs, prep rooms, stores and other science accomodation
  • identify priorities for their own science accommodation
  • develop plans and specifications for their science teaching and learning spaces
  • investigate appropriate cost-saving approaches to still achieve robust, long-lasting and effective labs and prep rooms


1 Lab design: planning science spaces (to be attended face to face)02 June 202111:00-19:00National STEM Learning Centre
2 Lab design: planning science spaces (to be attended face to face)03 June 202109:00-16:00National STEM Learning Centre

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