ECO Friendly Design

Primary considerations for learners as individuals

How do you make pupils feel at home in the classroom and improve their learning at the same time? Using his ground-breaking research Professor Peter Barrett, Emeritus Professor at the University of Salford and Honorary Research Fellow at Oxford University, explains.

Acouple of years ago I led a study, which provided the evidence for the first time that the physical characteristics of the classroom not only affect the learning progress of primary school pupils, but impact very significantly. Taking everything together the measured impact of the classroom design factors explained 16% of the variation in learning of the 3766 pupils in the 153 classrooms assessed. 

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