National School Grounds Survey

This research assesses the benefits that improved school grounds bring to the academic, social and community life of a school.

Description

The National School Grounds Survey assesses the benefits that improved school grounds bring to the academic, social and community life of a school. The research was conducted by LTL between January and June 2003, using a postal questionnaire first piloted in London. 700 schools were selected for survey across the country, each having actively taken steps to improve their grounds during the past four years. 351 schools responded (50%).

What The National School Grounds Survey demonstrated

Of the schools taking part in the National School Grounds Survey, 65% believed that school grounds improvements had increased overall attitudes to learning and over half have seen improved academic achievement (52%). The results also show considerable improvements in behaviour (73%), social interaction (84%) and self-esteem (64%) as well as a significant reduction in bullying (64%). Relevant to the Government’s new Primary Strategy (Excellence and Enjoyment), with its emphasis on children enjoying and being stimulated by their time at school, the research highlights increases in children enjoying and having fun in their grounds (90%) and improvements in active play and games (85%).

 

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