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Excessive classroom temperatures - NASUWT

Excessive classroom temperatures - NASUWT

Excessive classroom temperature is not only an issue of personal comfort, itinevitably impacts on teachers’ ability to teach and pupils’ ability to learn. In orderto establish the extent to which this is true, respondents were asked to select, foreach of the given temperature ranges, one statement best describing the impactof temperature on teachers’ ability to teach and pupils’ ability to learn. Tables 4and 5 summarise teachers’ responses:Table 4:Impact of temperature on pupils’ ability to learnImpact statement -20 o C21-23 o C24-26 o C27-29 o C30+o CNo adverse impact No. 395 530 52 1 0% 56% 61% 6% 0% 0%Limited adverse impact No. 157 225 183 14 2% 22% 26% 20% 2% 0%Some adverse impact No. 97 100 403 128 15% 14% 12% 44% 15% 2%Considerable adverse impact No. 43 12 228 405 113% 6% 1% 25% 47% 16%Very considerable adverse impact No. 12 2 45 302 572% 2% 0% 5% 36% 82%6

Table 5:Impact of temperature on teachers’ ability to teachImpact statement -20 o C 21-23 o C24-26 o C27-29 o C30+ o CNo adverse impact No. 435 578 61 4 1% 62% 65% 7% 0% 0%Limited adverse impact No. 140 226 209 20 1% 20% 26% 22% 2% 0%Some adverse impact No. 83 74 468 174 26% 12% 8% 50% 21% 4%Considerable adverse impact No. 30 7 174 459 149% 4% 1% 19% 53% 21%Very considerable adverseimpactNo. 12 3 23 210 528% 2% 0% 2% 24% 75%It is clear from the survey that when classroom temperatures reach 24 o C there isan adverse impact on teaching and learning. When temperatures reach 30 o C,classroom conditions become unacceptable for both teaching and learning.Those participating in the initial survey were asked to indicate whether they wouldbe willing for the NASUWT to make a follow-up contact if they felt that classroomtemperature had a very considerable impact on either teaching or learning. As aresult of this, 104 responses were received regarding the impact of excessivetemperature on teaching and an additional 103 responses were received regardingits impact on pupils’ learning.7

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