Points of view

11th November 2005 at 00:00
* Your piece on the impact of school design on learning ("Ferrari facilities don't raise standards", TES, October 28) missed out key findings of the Newcastle university research - and flies in the face of our experience.

The review found that "it is the extent to which, and ways in which, school users are engaged in the design process that determines the success or failure of the resulting design". In other words, engage staff and pupils in the design process and you come up with something that works.

The review goes on to say how difficult it is to assess the impact of environments on attainment, behaviour and attendance, and more, focused, research is needed.

We echo that call, but in the meantime we have worked with many heads, teachers and children who will tell you that to teach and learn in a beautiful, fit-for-purpose school means better quality of life - and better results.

Ty Goddard School WorksDownstream Building 1 London Bridge, London SE1

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