How to create a positive learning environment for your school

How to create a positive learning environment for your school


Creating a positive and stimulating learning environment for children is a vital part of successful learning. We take a look at how classroom design can create an effective learning environment that allows children of all ages to achieve their full potential.


The degree to which student surroundings can influence their education is impressive; according to a study by the University of Salford, children’s academic progress can improve by as much as 25% in the right learning conditions. While other variables are also always at play, the researchers found that 73% of the differences in pupils’ performance could be directly attributed to their learning environment. So, the classroom environment and its impact on learning are solid and serious factors to consider when considering the design and layout of any school.

Designing your classroom to create an effective learning environment

Classroom design and layout can help create a positive learning environment. Incorporating as many of the suggestions below will help teachers and students get the most out of their classroom.

A flexible working space – one that can be adapted to changing teaching requirements, i.e. facilitating independent and ‘quiet’ individual learning time, as well as group work and wider class discussion times.

The L-Shaped classroom – a popular design as students can move around the room taking part in different activities while still feeling part of one class. It also enables the classroom to be easily split into different areas. For example, you could have a quiet reading area, a technology area, arts and crafts area etc.

Bright colours – it is a well-known fact that colours can affect our mood. A dull colour-less classroom in unlikely to inspire many students, using bold colours creates a fun, playful environment that will engage students.

Natural light – classrooms with plenty of natural light have been proven to improve pupils’ results, so where possible classrooms should be designed to face the east and west to get the best of the daylight without the glare.

Temperature – 20 degrees Celsius is an ideal temperature for an effective learning environment. It is neither too hot nor too cold and allows students to focus.

Wall Art – by installing educational wall art such as a History timeline can help to visually illustrate important elements of the curriculum whilst providing a colourful inspiring environment for students to enjoy.

So, creating the best possible learning space is vital to aid teaching and support child development. Light, design, layout and familiarity all contribute to creating an effective learning environment where children can reach their full potential. Joanna Perry’s mural art is designed and created to meet the individual needs of your school and aid teaching and learning.


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