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Classroom References

Super designed ‘Cleaver Classrooms’

Based on the results of the HEAD Project (Holistic Evidence and Design), funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, evidence has been found that well-designed primary schools boost children’s academic performance in reading, writing and maths. Differences in the physical characteristics of classrooms explain 16% of the variation in learning progress over a year for the 3766 pupils included in the study. Or to make this more tangible, it is estimated that the impact of moving an ‘average’ child from the least effective to the most effective space would be around 1.3 sub-levels, a big impact when pupils typically make 2 sub-levels progress a year.

Surprisingly, whole-school factors (eg size, navigation routes, specialist facilities, play facilities) do not seem to be anywhere near as important as the design of the individual classrooms. This point is reinforced by clear evidence that it is quite typical to have a mix of more and less effective classrooms in the same school. The message is that, first and foremost, each classroom has to be well designed.

Short Version of Classroom Science

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Legislation applying to different types of buildings, including schools

2.3 There is a substantial amount of other legislation that applies to all buildings, including schools. Of particular relevance here are:

● The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSWA);

● The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, together with its Approved Code of Practice and Guidance (collectively – WRs);

● The Equality Act 2010 (EQA);

● The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRFO). 2.4 As with other building types, developments at schools are bound by normal planning controls. Similarly, construction work at schools is subject to approval under the Building Regulations 2010.

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