California dreaming

28th September 2001 at 01:00
Glasgow, languishing at the bottom of every educational league table, has opted for an approach to its primary schools which the city believes is the most radical ever attempted in Britain. Neil Munro reports

The report paints a glowing picture of the future - California-style. A study there looking at the impact on pupils of attending well-maintained schools found higher levels of attainment as a result of proper ventilation and natural light, with better health, improved attendance and better staff morale.

The "learning age" and the requirements of information and communications technology are other factors. The report states: "Home-to-school connectivity will also be vital in extending the learning environment of pupils, particularly those facing social and economic deprivation."

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