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Design for fire safety in schools

Department for Education/Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Publication date: 2007 Ranking: essential Building Bulletin 100: design for fire safety in schools In their words: “BB 100 is a design guide which shows clearly how the requirements for life safety, contained

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Education, estates and equality

Equality and Human Rights Commission (and former Disability Rights Commission). Two documents are posted here. It is important to read the historic guide in the context of the current guidance in the 2014 EHRC document.   Estates: The Disability Discrimination Act

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Children and inequality

Department of Education “They go the extra mile” Reducing inequality in schools Publication date: 2013 Ranking: essential This provides the government’s response to the second and third reports of the Children’s Commissioner’s Inquiry on exclusion. It highlights the likely poor

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Area guidelines for mainstream schools

Department of Education (DfE) and Education Funding Agency (EFA) Building Bulletin 103 Area Guidelines for mainstream schools Publication date: June 2014 Ranking: essential The document sets out simple, non-statutory area guidelines for mainstream school buildings (part A) and sites (part B)

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Designing for disabled children and children with special educational needs

Department for Children, School and Families Publication date: 2012 Ranking: useful This document sets out inclusive design principles on individual spaces with technical guidance on building construction, environmental services, furniture, equipment and ICT. It is not prescriptive, but provides a starting

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Designing for disabled children and children with special educational needs (BB102)

Dept. of Education Publication date: 2008 Ranking: Useful Advice and guidance on how to meet needs of disabled pupils. Building Bulletin 102 provided non-statutory design guidance on accommodation for children with SEN and disabilities for special school and mainstream school

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School building design guidance

Department for Education (DfE) Publication date: various 2012 Ranking: essential This a website listing all the Departments current guidance on school design. It includes: Updated information on Building Bulletin 82, ‘Area guidelines for schools’, which has been superseded by two

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Building Bulletin 93 Acoustic design of schools

Dept of Education Publication date: 1993 Ranking: Useful Building Bulletin 93 aimed to give supporting advice and recommendations for planning and design of schools for anyone involved in the design of new school buildings. How to view a copy Follow

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Posted in Accommodation, Building Regulations, Consultation, Design Standards (Buildings), Disability, Hearing Equipment, Schools

Designing for the Disabled

Selwyn Goldsmith First published: 1963 Royal Institute of British Architects Ranking: Useful First authoritative guide on physical design for disabled people covering wide range of issues and subjects from external hard landscaping and urban design to internal details such a

Posted in Accommodation, Design Standards (Environment), Doors, Hearing Equipment, Highways, Historic Buildings & Landscapes, Housing, Schools, Signage, Urban Design