A Tārai Kura and LENZ online event on Wed 7 June @4:30pm – Inclusive design: Creating spaces that work for all learners.

By Diana Wilkes

REGISTER NOW for this combined Tārai Kura and Learning Environments NZ event.

The Tārai Kura and Learning Environments New Zealand Online Series is for school leaders and designers of redevelopments and new school builds. The focus is on sharing innovation, provocation and current or future focused topics. This event is all about “Inclusive design – creating spaces that work for all learners”.


Wednesday the 7th of June, 4:30pm – 5:45pm ONLINE

Register at Eventbrite here.


  • Tārai Kura Participants (all school leaders) Promo Code: A4LE23Web2S
  • LENZ Members please email nzadmin@a4le.org.nz for the promo code. 

Reference designs in use, MOE- March 2021 — Image by: Ashgrove School, MOE

What to expect?

This series features a flipped approach. To allow time for an interactive discussion with our speakers and each other, you will be provided with a short video reflection from our speakers to view prior to the event. This video will be sent to you before the event.

In this online event, we will explore different perspectives and experiences of designing inclusive spaces for all ākonga. We will have the chance to hear top tips from the speakers in the pre-video, and then the online event itself will provide us with the opportunity to dig deeper through the presentation, facilitated discussion, as well as Q & A.

Join us and the speakers as we learn from and reflect together on these questions:

  • How can we create/design flexible spaces that suit a range of needs, now and into the future?
  • What advice would you give leaders undertaking a design process?
  • In what ways does, or might, your school support inclusive practices and specific learner needs through its use of space and resources?
  • What changes would you make next time around? 

Meet our speakers

Bojana Kavrakovska, Architectural Designer and co-leader of IDEA group / Ignite Architects, Education sector

Bojana is an experienced architectural graduate, currently working at Ignite architects as part of the education team. She has worked on designing new buildings for different schools. The different teaching philosophy of the schools embraces inclusive design as a core part of the design thinking, regardless of designing cellular classrooms, open flexible teaching spaces or satellite units.  Bojana is also a co-leader of Ignite’s own diversity, inclusivity and equity group, where the members explore and research these topics with an aim to help designers understand the different needs of the end users (the learners) and provide good design for inclusive school environments.

Pella Perston, HOD Learning Support / SENCO, Western Springs College / Ngā Puna o Waiōrea

Pella has worked at Western Springs for five years, arriving during the time of building the new school. Prior to working at Western Springs, Pella  worked in varied environments, including a five year stint in a mainstream school in England in a Curriculum Support Department. This is where the paradigm of inclusion was the kaupapa of the school. This formative teaching experience has been significant in Pella’s understanding and practice of inclusive principles.

Jane Tan, Learning Support teacher, Western Springs College / Ngā Puna o Waiōrea

Jane Tan is a long serving staff member, joining the Learning Support department in 2010. She has moved with the school from single cell classrooms to the current ILE school. Jane’s knowledge of inclusive design continues to develop.

Dr Gabrielle Wall, Principal Consultant | D & G Consulting, General Manager | Greater Christchurch Schools’ Network

Gabrielle is an experienced consultant and researcher, with a background in organisational and educational psychology. She works with schools and Kāhui Ako across Aotearoa on strategic planning, community engagement and organisational change.

She has carried out extensive research into the impact of innovative learning environments on student learning and wellbeing outcomes, and frequently works with schools to explore how their vision for teaching and learning can be enabled and supported by their built environments.

Trudi Brocas, Tumuaki | Principal, Auckland Central Specialist School

Trudi is the Principal of Central Auckland Specialist School which was created from the Merger of Sunnydene and Carlson schools. Designing a new purpose built Base school has been a focus in recent years which, alongside the design and build of a number of satellite classes, has led to exploring good design for inclusion in New Zealand and overseas.

Good design starts with the learner, and creating environments that are able to flex and respond to what all students need to be successful at school.

We hope to see you all there!



  • Tārai Kura Participants Promo Code: A4LE23Web2S  (note: type n/a in last two fields)
  • LENZ Members please email nzadmin@a4le.org.nz for the promo code.