Overheated schools stop pupils learning, say teachers
Many classrooms are so overheated that sweltering pupils are finding it impossible to study, a survey suggests.
The NASUWT teachers' union said a survey shows that one in three teachers have had to give lessons in temperatures that are over 30 degrees.
It was suggested that modern building design, with much more use of glass, was making the problem worse.
The union's general secretary, Chris Keates, said stifling conditions made pupils' behaviour more difficult.
The survey from the NASUWT teachers' union, published at the annual conference in Birmingham, shows that one in three teachers had to give lessons in temperatures of more than 30 degrees Celsius.
More than three-quarters had faced classroom conditions above 24 degrees Celsius, said the survey.
A large majority of teachers said that such temperatures had an adverse impact on pupils' ability to learn.
Read more ... (BBC News - 08 April)