Simon Lock

Putting learning in a positive light


Teachers want pupils to be dazzled by their lessons rather than sunlight streaming in through the classroom windows – but research suggests that exposure to natural light could have an impact on student outcomes, writes Simon Lock

Put learning in a positive light

Can someone at the back please close the blinds?”

It’s a phrase heard across the nation’s schools in those classrooms that are regularly pierced with blinding sunlight. While the teachers in the shadows of north-facing buildings long for the golden glow of natural light, those right in the glare of it often do their best to shut it out.

That’s probably a bad idea. As is placing classrooms beyond the reach of decent levels of daylight. For though the position of a given classroom might not seem important when your September teaching hand is dealt, there is evidence to suggest that having ...

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