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Sean McDougall is Managing Director of Stakeholder Design.

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Improving school performance by design

Improving school performance by design

24/05/2012 | By

Are you one of those headteachers who has been left wondering how to keep driving up standards when you can barely get the students down the corridors between lessons? Well, help is at hand (nearly). Later this term, Stakeholder Design will be publishing a new booklet on school design called “It’s Not About the Building.” […]

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BBC News: School bags ’cause back pain’

BBC News: School bags ’cause back pain’

16/05/2012 | By

Rucksacks loaded with school books have been linked to higher levels of back pain in a study of Spanish school children. The findings, reported in Archives of Disease in Childhood, said many pupils had “excessively loaded” backpacks. This was linked to higher levels of back pain in the 1,403 school children taking part in the […]

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The Northern Ireland Pain Summit

The Northern Ireland Pain Summit

11/05/2012 | By

In advance of the first Northern Ireland Pain Summit on Tuesday 15 May 2012, this very interesting radio interview establishes that one in five of the population are living in constant pain. As Chair of Pain UK, I am really looking forward to attending the event and welcoming the Pain Alliance of Northern Ireland as […]

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Interview on Promethean Planet

Interview on Promethean Planet

07/05/2012 | By

I was delighted to be interviewed for PrometheanPlanet as part of the run-up to an  Education Fast Forward debate entitled Is this the Year of the Games? Innovation, Learning and Uncertainty. The debate, streamed live on the internet, involved EFF Fellows from around 12 different countries. Many people watched it live from the Stakeholder Design website, […]

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The Intelligent Fountain

The Intelligent Fountain

07/05/2012 | By

How do we prepare children for the rapidly changing society that we call the 21st century? And how do we ensure that our teachers have been fully exposed to the challenge before they commission the buildings in which that learning will happen? According to an independent review, Stakeholder Design’s award-winning solution delivered both in abundance: […]

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The 360 degree flexible classroom

The 360 degree flexible classroom

07/05/2012 | By

One of the highlights of my time at the Design Council was producing the 360 degree flexible classroom as the centrepiece of the Schools Renaissance campaign. This is what the Observer made of it. “Inside a dingy-looking prefab hut near the Toxteth area of Liverpool, an experiment is determining the shape of things to come; […]

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Raising hope in a sink estate

Raising hope in a sink estate

30/04/2012 | By

My first job in the charity sector was promoting the concept of community foundations – the embodiment of ‘Big Society’ thinking. As a result of the work, Guardian Society chose us as their first ever charity of the month. Here’s the accompanying feature. From the balcony outside his high rise flat, Nadim looks down at […]

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Posture, children and heavy schoolbags

Posture, children and heavy schoolbags

24/04/2012 | By

Did you know that children carry around 20% of their bodyweight to and from school? Or that children are exempted from Health and Safety Executive covering the design of the furniture that they use? As a result, we are presently seeing an enormous increase in the number of young people reporting neck and back problems. […]

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Is your child’s heavy schoolbag harming their health?

Is your child’s heavy schoolbag harming their health?

24/04/2012 | By

As it’s revealed many youngsters haul half their body weight… Is your child’s school bag harming their spine? By Louise Atkinson PUBLISHED: 02:59, 15 May 2012 | UPDATED: 10:09, 15 May 2012 1st 4lb: Rachel Purvis, ten, is carrying 28 per cent of her body weight with all her school bags For most parents, it’s […]

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Education Fast Forward – live debate

Education Fast Forward – live debate

13/04/2012 | By

The next EFF (Education Fast Forward) debate takes place on April 18, 2012, and is entitled Is this the Year of the Games? Innovation, Learning and Uncertainty. Fellows from around the world (including me) will be taking part in a live webcast using some amazingly realistic video conferencing technology provided by Cisco. If you’re interested, […]

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