Innovative School Design

Clever classrooms

For the first time, research has confirmed the positive impact factors such as good lighting, careful colour choices and a sense of ownership over the classroom space can have on children’s achievement. Hannah Sharron reports.

Can a well-designed primary school boost children’s academic performance in reading, writing and maths? Yes, according to the report, Clever Classrooms, released in February this year by the University of Salford, which reveals that differences in physical characteristics can explain up to 16 per cent in variation in learning progress over a year.1 

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