Most schools were built purely for housing bodies and designed more for command and control than support and inspiration. Given that space has a direct impact on our behavior and thinking that occurs within it, how might we shape the physical environment to best support not just academic growth and performance but also mental health and wellbeing?

Teachers around the world are exploring ways to change the layouts, style and equipment of the classroom to encourage new ways of learning and teaching. Students are finding new ways to connect with learning experiences never before possible. There are sparks of innovative design in some systems and schools but often the result of major change in physical infrastructure is not reflected in change of culture or pedagogy.

This talk will highlight some leading examples of schools and other places of learning that support positive health and wellbeing of those who use them and offer ideas for schools to adapt and adopt in their own contexts.

About Matt

Matt has been a teacher for over 10 years, focusing on History, English and technology integration. He holds a BADipEd and a Master of Arts degree from Macquarie University and a Master of Learning Science & Technology from the University of Sydney.

His main interest is in the future of teaching and learning and the future of schools. In particular, Matt is interested in exploring the different ways we can redesign schools both for sustainable and scalable impact.

Matt has contributed articles and chapters to various publications, run dozens of workshops, seminars and committees on a range of topics in Australia and overseas, and is a leading member of the TeachMeet community in Australia. Matt has won awards from NGS Super, ACEL, AITSL, ICT Educators of NSW, the Professional Teachers' Council of NSW and the Australian College of Educators.