Blight Affects School Performance
"To date, policy-makers and researchers have sought only to establish whether there is a link between pupils' behaviour and a school's building or interior. They have ignored the possible connection between behaviour and a school's wider physical environment, outside its grounds and as far as 10 minutes away. The closest examination was the government-backed Steer report on school discipline, in 2005, which admitted that "the surroundings in which we work and learn have a major impact on our behaviour".
Published today, exclusively in Education Guardian, is a study that, for the first time, seeks to establish whether there are links between a neighbourhood's physical decline and pupil behaviour, truancy, teacher morale and a school's ability to deliver exam results.
One More Broken Window: The Impact of the Physical Environment on Schools was written and researched by Perpetuity Group, a Leicester-based research and consultancy firm, for the Nasuwt teaching union."