How to Build the SEN Schools that Students and Staff Require

A significant building programme for SEN schools is being planned. So it makes sense to consider how to ensure that these new schools will create learning environments that are fully responsive to the needs of students.

MMC will undoubtedly play a significant role in many of these programmes. They offer significant advantages, some of which are outlined below.

If you’re an architect, designer or commissioner who wants to understand more about how MMC can be applied to SEN school building projects, Innovaré is running free online CPD sessions.

Advantages of MMC for SEN Schools

Wheelchairs and mobility equipment can make SEN schools more susceptible to wear and tear. The material-first approach of MMC ensures that appropriate robustness and durability are designed into the building fabric.

Building layout is another critical consideration in the design. Circulation routes must be easily accessible and it should be possible for students to quickly become familiar with the layout. Finding your way around should be simple and stress-free.

The digital design and manufacturing process used by the i-SIP and i-FAST systems makes it possible to engage SEN experts in the spatial planning process, while identifying cost-effective ways to turn the ideal design into reality.

i-SIP and i-FAST also make it possible to design buildings with flexible spaces where internal or external walls are easy to move. This allows spaces to adapt to new functions as needs change over time.

Health and Wellbeing – A Suitable Environment

A bit like Goldilocks’ porridge, schools should be neither too hot or too cold. The right building fabric choices along with design flexibility ensure that these conditions can be maintained with minimal mechanical intervention. Along with good ventilation and natural lighting, these are the key ingredients for the health and wellbeing of students and staff.


The choices made today about building systems will have an enduring impact. The structural timber used in the i-SIP and i-FAST systems stores atmospheric carbon to reduce the carbon footprint of the build.

The systems generate minimal waste, all of which is recyclable, while precise manufacturing and built-in thermal insulation ensure that heating and cooling consumes less energy.

In addition to these advantages, Innovaré offers an integrated design, manufacture and install process that delivers SEN school projects with greater speed and certainty.

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