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The pop-up structure may speed up the process of children going back to school | Photo source Curl la Tourelle Head/Darc Studio

Tent classrooms could enable more students to safely return to school


The additional outdoor structures would enable pupils and staff to be better spaced, increasing the possibility of year-group intake

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Spotted: British studio Curl la Tourelle Head believes its concept tent classrooms could enable students to return to school while respecting social distancing guidelines.

Pop-up teaching spaces would be assembled on the school’s playing fields or other nearby outdoor spaces and used alongside the school’s existing buildings. Inside, the tents would be arranged so that pupils are separated from each other by two metres.

The concept was inspired by tents being used by nurseries in Denmark. While the concept is currently designed for coronavirus social distancing, Curl la Tourelle Head hopes it could lead to a wider rethink of the classroom and school design, or even inspire the concept of outdoor schooling.

“Other countries including Denmark are experimenting with new models of outdoor learning. We believe that our emergency first step proposal will lead to new settings for learning environments and a much-needed rethink of school planning,” said Wayne Head, director of Curl la Tourelle Head.

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