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TITLE: “Evaluating the use of Flexible Seating in a Mainstream Primary School for Neurotypical and Neurodivergent Pupils”
Most neurodivergent pupils are educated at mainstream. Whilst adaptations to seating are sometimes recommended to accommodate the needs of certain children (for example by occupational therapists), the use of a range of different seating options in classrooms as a whole is not a widespread practice in mainstream schools.
In this talk, Heba will share a case within a mainstream primary school, where different seats (e.g., rocking chairs, wobble stools) were trialled in each classroom from reception (ages 4-5) to year 6 (ages 10-11).
She will talk about how the school developed the project, their collaboration with academic partners, and how the pupils’ opinions about the chairs were gathered, along with a summary of the main findings. Heba will also share an overview from the school staff’s survey on the use of flexible seating in their classrooms, and how the school’s study could potentially influence practice in other schools.
The webinar takes place online on Thursday, 6th October 2022, at 16.00 -17.00 GMT.