In a learning environment, an awning can serve a broad number of purposes.
Whether used for outdoor teaching, playtime or as a waiting place at the end of the day, these spaces are truly multifunctional.
The time spent within the education system are some of the most important years of a person’s life, and improving the quality of this time is invaluable. An awning offers a space for children to enjoy the benefits of being outside, without the worry of getting wet in the rain or snow.
OFSTED reports are a major concern for many schools, and the introduction of an awning or outdoor learning space will certainly contribute to the quality of learning facilities in a school.
Back in 2008, OFSTED published a report specifically detailing the benefits of learning outside the classroom, and stated that often "outdoor areas were not easily accessible and, even where they were, they did not always provide pupils with such a rich range of choice or opportunity. Too often, a lack of suitable canopies... unnecessarily limited the use of these areas."
An investment in an awning or retractable roof section can vastly improve the educational experience of children, but also offers multiple benefits and opportunities to the teaching staff. With years of issue-free use ahead, an awning is a sensible and valuable investment for a school or nursery.
Playtime no longer has to be cancelled at the first hint of rain, as the awning creates a dry, secure and easily monitored space. Lessons can venture outside, breaking up what might otherwise be more dull classroom-bound activities. An awning also creates a useful divide between inside and outside, a space where children can calm down after playtime before entering the classroom.
A covered outdoor space can also be used as a reward space, as many children relish the chance to journey outside to explore. This can all be done in the safety of the shade, protected from possible sunburn.
The construction and installation of these products is completed by experienced and trained professionals, ensuring a high-quality finish and safety for years to come. We take the safety and security of our work very seriously, and as a result can offer peace-of-mind once the work is complete.
For an example of our work with schools, colleges nurseries, have a look at our case studies.