The year-long pilot tested 34 different learning environments, taking into account classroom orientation, natural light, acoustics, temperature and air quality. Further variables such as flexibility of space, organisation, storage facilities and use of colour were also revealed to affect a pupil’s learning progress. These statistics underline the importance of good classroom design and why schools and industry need to take a more holistic approach when planning new-builds or major refurbishments projects. It’s absolutely integral, not just to pupils’ performance but also their general well-being.
A variety of factors need to be considered, ideally right at the start of the planning process:
- the size of the space (class sizes are growing)
- the lighting
- the temperature
- the colour of the room
- the acoustics
- the air quality
- the choice of furniture
We also favour saw-tooth benching in our ICT spaces because this provides more elbow room for students, and we’ve developed a fixed bench laboratory design which ensures maximum space for students and circulation space for teachers.