Grounds for SharingGrounds for Sharing: a guide to developing special school sites

Jane Stoneham


Grounds for Sharing is essential reading for anyone interested in how the outdoors can bring benefits to children with all types of special needs. The book shows how well designed grounds can simultaneously encourage the development of physical skills, the building of confidence through exploration of the environment and the acquisition of social and behavioural skills through learning to participate and share with others.

The publication is based on a study that collected data from 400 special schools throughout the UK. Teachers from all kinds of special schools highlighted the enormous range of opportunities and benefits that school grounds can offer children with all types of special needs.

Grounds for Sharing provides guidance and examples on the following -

  • designing for accessibility
  • maximising sensory interest
  • planning for participation of children with special needs
  • plant selection, wildlife interest and activities
  • planning for play
  • designing for comfort and flexibility
  • maintenance

The book also contains nine case studies.

ISBN: 1 872865 23 2 85 pages, 95 colour illustrations.


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