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Can a school building help teachers & pupils?

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In the report “Better Spaces for Learning”, by the Royal Institute of British Architects, British schools are facing the worst shortage of school places in decades

This is putting increasing pressure on school buildings Adding to the challenge of dealing with a school estate that is outdated and in many cases crumbling

Students have to travel further to get to school, study in crowded conditions, and are exposed to the effects of poorly maintained buildings

From damp, leaky buildings to serious issues like exposure to asbestos, too many pupils are trying to learn in environments that are damaging their health and their education

On average, in the UK, children spend more than 30 hours in school a week, so as well as being a place that’s not too hot or too cold, it must also enhance their comfort, wellbeing and concentration.

Take noise for example. Acoustics are especially important in schools as research shows that noisy rooms have a negative impact on communication and learning

Thermal comfort and visual performance are also interlinked – particularly when designing window openings in any given education building.

Achieving good levels of thermal comfort shouldn’t mean a compromise on daylight. By using the right levels of insulation materials, a school can be bright and light, but also have a constant, comfortable temperature.

With many existing schools in need of an overhaul as well as the new places needing to be built, there could not be a better time to look more closely at how school design can help deliver better value and better results