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School Children Told To Take Off Their Shoes To Improve Learning


7:07am 9th May 2014
(Updated 10:32am 9th May 2014)

A Dorset school has stopped children wearing shoes in the classroom in an effort to improve learning.

IPACA on Portland made the change after research suggested it can help pupils concentrate in class because it creates a more relaxed environment.

Children take their shoes off when they remove their coats and bags before heading into the classroom.

Director of Digital Learning and Innovation at the Academy Gary Spracklen says by taking their shoes off the children feel more like they're at home;

"It increases that level of concentration and makes them more relaxed in the classroom. We're able to use a wider range of furniture because we know it's not going to get dirty as quickly so we have lots of soft furnishings on our Osprey Quay campus. And we've taken a really flexible approach to 21st century learning."

Pupils wear other shoes when they go to the loo or have technology classes that involve tools and equipment.

Mr Spracklen says it's not just their pupils who're kicking off their shoes before class;

"Schools all around the world are doing it, it's a big thing in Scandinavia, Asia and it's increasingly becoming more common here in the UK. It's certainly one thing we do among a range of others things to embrace a new way of learning.

Even the teachers do it here and we're starting to get an eclectic range of socks that always raise a smile in the morning. You got to make sure you have something of a surprise underneath your shoes in the morning."

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