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NQT Special Edition: Making the most of your classroom

How well do you use your classroom to support teaching and learning? From seating plans to learning displays, Adam Riches and Roy Watson-Davis offer some practical advice

We all sit and ponder our seating plans sometimes and think about how we could use them to solve specific problems or challenges.

There is a lot of debate about the most advantageous way to organise your classroom. Many factors will contribute to where objects are placed and there are a number of things in any classroom that can be changed to your advantage.

One of the most important factors of classroom set up is where the desks are placed. Each set up has distinct advantages and disadvantages and there is no system that is absolutely perfect. Below are some of the approaches that provide distinct advantages over the traditional row format (with illustrations below too).

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