Union warns over hot classrooms
Posted Tue, 10 Apr 2012
Classrooms labelled as too hot are having a negative effect on the standards of learning and teaching, a survey has suggested.
Some 93.7% of teachers who took the NASUWT poll said they had experienced temperatures above 24C, while a third claimed to have dealt with temperatures exceeding 30C. The teachers' union said a child's ability to learn can be damaged by hot temperatures, with the same logic also applied to the work of teachers themselves.
More than 1,000 monitoring forms were submitted, detailing over 19,000 temperature recordings between a period of around a month in summer 2011. Some 44% agreed that when a classroom is 24C to 26C it has some bearing on a child's ability to learn, while nearly a third considered the increase in temperature to have a greater effect on learning.
The survey was published at the annual NASUWT conference in Birmingham.
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