L-Net co-ordinated two school visits for the Associate Professor Maiko Sugawara’s (Department of Human Environment Design, Faculty of Human Life Design, Toyo University) research project entitled ‘Observing innovative and inclusive school facilities that respond to the diverse needs of children who have special educational needs – from the viewpoint of architectural planning’. The schools visited on 7th and 9th March are well known in the field of special needs education: Swiss Cottage School and Michael Tippett School. We were welcomed by the schools, being shown around the special facilities, students’ learning activities, and we also interviewed senior staff members. The researchers were bringing in comparative perspectives in viewing school facilities because the planning of school facilities reflects culture to a great extent. Michael Tippett School in particular is very much interested in developing links with Japan, and it is hoped to develop further collaboration in the areas of both research and practice.

Swiss Cottage School

Michael Tippett School