The casual use of ‘Breakout Spaces’ has been happening in office environments for decades. Once
used to fill dead-space in foyers and breakrooms, today they’ve evolved into becoming an integral
part of educational space planning.
In Schools, the idea of a Breakout Space is to create an area that differs from the classroom setting.
They become an informal extension of the classroom itself, where students can continue discussions,
complete group projects or simply study in a relaxed environment.
Primary schools are suited to soft seating and floor-learning solutions. Products like; Create-A-Pods,
Create-A-Mats and Big Softie benches with built-in storage, provide an engaging and creative environment
for young students.
Fitting out Secondary School spaces requires a little more consideration and flexibility. The modes of
learning change and students in this age group vary a lot in height. Offering a range of seating and desk
options like high benches, round table clusters, soft bench seating and mobile laptop tables, will cater to all
needs. Plus, the simple addition of portable whiteboards, digital screens and colourful accents can encourage
engagement (read more about the Psychology of colour in classrooms here).
For teaching and educational professionals, the role of this space is a key component of an agile workplace.
Having an open and accessible place even in the hallway to sit and catch up on emails before heading to a
meeting, have an informal discussion or find a moment of peace, creates comfort and convenience.
Ultimately, it’s about collaboration and flexibility. Far from the days of structured, hard-seated classrooms,
we know now that learning, teaching methods and even posture are different for everyone. Lean into
these differences with modular school furniture that can be moved, reconfigured, and accessed with ease.
View some of our Breakout Space options in our latest catalogue here