Lighting the path to learning

Dec 29, 2011

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Dylan Wiliam (who must have gone to school just round the corner from where I was born)

To the fury of the teachers’ unions, Wiliam, until recently deputy director at the London University Institute of Education, argues that cutting class sizes and putting up new buildings don’t deliver value for money. “The evidence from research,” he says, “is that adequate lighting and decent acoustics are very important in schools. But for new buildings in themselves, very few studies show any effect at all. Yes, they improve attendance, but there are cheaper ways of doing that. Building Schools for the Future was quite extraordinary: £40bn investment without any cost-benefit analysis at all.”

 

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Clinical academic and skin watcher at the University of Edinburgh

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