As educationalists first and foremost, this is the most important part of the jigsaw for us. And the more we found out, the more we were amazed at the difference the right climate makes to the learning process.
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Some of the effects of temperature in the classroom
Extensive studies by the NAS/UWT amongst others prove that as temperature rises, learning decreases by 1% for every degree. So if a classroom is over 30 degrees (1 in 20 of UK classroms are during the Summer), learning falls by 10%.
Think how hard we work as educators to improve the learning experience, and how it falls away massively with temperature.
Research undertaken all over the world shows that there is a marked difference in test results from students in AC and non AC schools....up to 20% difference!
This is clearly seen in SATS test results across the USA. Results from the Southern states (Where AC is essential) are significantly better than states where AC is not so widely used.
Worryingly, it is a proven fact that disadvantaged pupils suffer up to 3 times more from the effects of temperature.
We know that temperature affects concentration, attention span, behaviour, learning, health and well-being. But that doesn't only apply to pupils: teachers are affected just as much.
Teaching and learning are both casualties of temperature