Ivy House School, a 2-19 special school in Littleover, has received a donation from furniture retailer DFS, helping to transform a bare room into an inspiring research and reading corner for teachers to enable them to develop their knowledge and practice to enhance the quality of teaching and learning they offer their students.
The school, which recently joined the Shaw Education Trust, provides specialist care to children with complex medical health issues. The donation of a Laze three-seater sofa with matching armchair and 30 cushion, has equipped staff with a comfortable space to engage in educational reading and research and given pupils a space to enjoy the magic of reading in comfort.
The donation to Ivy House School comes as part of DFS’ ‘50 Acts of Comfort’ initiative. DFS turns 50 this year and in celebration has been giving back to worthwhile causes across the UK and Ireland.
Ian Armstrong, Deputy Headteacher at Ivy House School said, “Ivy House School is striving to become a research engaged community. This year we have introduced Practitioner Enquiry whereby staff in school have been given an opportunity to use the latest research, but also actively participate in building upon the research available to ensure the highest quality of teaching and learning to our students.
“The research and reading library, made possible by DFS, will provide a comfortable and engaging environment for staff to be able to access the most up-to-date evidence base, as well as providing pupils with the perfect area to explore the world of books.”
Michael Fell, Store Manager at DFS’ store in Derby, says, “At DFS, we've been providing comfort to people for 50 years and have a long history of supporting the communities in which we live and work. We were delighted to be given the opportunity to support Ivy House School with a donation of furniture and cushions, to help create a comfortable space for teachers and pupils.”