SEK International School El Castillo has opened its new teaching and learning spaces with a complete renovation of the Primary area, as well as outdoor sports and recreation areas. In addition, the Secondary and Baccalaureate spaces have been reorganised. This reorganisation aims to improve the distribution of spaces to adapt classrooms according to their different uses and methodologies and they have been equipped with new resources and state-of-the-art technology. All of these measures pursue one main objective: to improve the educational possibilities of each student.
This coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Intelligent Classroom methodology invented by Felipe Segovia, founder of SEK Education Group, to which SEK-El Castillo belongs. The school has since adapted its teaching to the flexible use of space and time according to the activity, rhythm and needs of the students.
Collaborative learning, a culture of innovation, the management and analysis of data, the new role of students and teachers, the development of new methodologies such as flipped learning or gamification, will take place in these new teaching practice laboratories.
As a result of its constant pursuit of research and educational renewal, the Primary pavilion has been completely renovated to favour improved acoustics and the greater spaciousness and new furniture has also been provided. The project has featured the contribution of international expert Stephen Heppell in the design phase, as well as students and teachers in the conceptualisation phase.
According to Heppell himself, director of the Felipe Segovia Chair of Innovation at University Camilo José Cela, “the opinions of the students, who are rarely asked, have been taken into account, since it is they and their teachers who really make use of these spaces and resources. They have contributed brilliant ideas and have identified their own spatial, cultural and emotional needs.”
The conclusions of the studies on the influence of learning spaces on academic results have also been considered. These analyses include aspects such as how physical movement, temperature, light or CO2 levels influence the ability of students to maintain attention.