School Building Redesign: Everyday spaces, transformational policy discourses

John Horton, Peter Kraftl

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In this chapter, we suggest that in the last two decades, the process and possibility of educational transformation has been articulated and politicised in a very particular way, in many parts of the world, through what we term Transformational (with capital ‘T’) policy discourses. In the chapter, we outline some characteristics of Transformational policy discourses, as exemplified some recent national programmes of school (re)building and (re)design. The main body of the chapter reflects upon research exploring one policy programme of this kind: the UK Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme. In effect, the chapter contrasts the explicitly Transformational promise of this programme versus how it unfolded in practice in everyday spaces of education.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChanging Spaces of Education: New Perspectives on the Nature of Learning
EditorsRachel Brooks, Alison Fuller, Johanna Waters
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9780203127568
ISBN (Print)9780415672221, 9780415672214
Publication statusPublished - 10 May 2012


  • School building
  • Everyday spaces
  • Spaces
  • Building
  • Transformational
  • Policy
  • Disourses


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