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Acoustics in Schools Survey

UPDATE 23 August 2016

Please note that this survey is now closed and results will be published in due course. Please get in touch if you’d like to share your experiences with us directly.


Calling all teachers!

Here at Anderson Acoustics we believe that children are our future, and that a solid education is crucial to help support their development. We are already aware that noise is a problem in many learning environments and we are keen to learn more about teachers’ personal experiences.

If you are (or were) a teacher – no matter your experience level or if you are currently teaching – please complete our questionnaire.

Noise in the classroom

Controlling classroom noise is critical for teachers to engage with pupils and to deliver lessons. It is crucial that what is communicated by teachers reaches the ears of everyone it is meant for, especially in classes with hearing impaired children and those with additional educational needs.

Although many teachers may have developed their own strategies for controlling noise, the room itself has a huge part to play in how effective these can be. Previous research has shown that improved acoustics of a classroom can lead to improvements in test results, calmer working environments and more flexibility in the activities that can be carried out within that space.

Current guidelines exist to help aid the acoustic design of buildings. In our experience, these may not go far enough, and are certainly not tailored to individual classrooms. We believe that in going beyond the decibel – and with appropriate acoustic design, we are able to improve the noise environments of many individual classrooms.

Take our questionnaire

We are very conscious that we need to be searching for solutions in the right area. With your personal and first-hand experience we will be able to identify the issues that face our brilliant and hard-working teachers, no matter the type of learning environment or the age of the students. We would love to hear all comments, positive and negative. Please be as honest as you can – if you are comfortable with the acoustics in your building and think we’re wasting our time, do let us know – it’s just as useful!

Please take the survey here – it should only take 5- 10 minutes of your time. Please share the link with within your networks.

If you’d like to be involved in the next stages of this project, there is an opportunity to leave a contact address at the end of the survey. This is entirely optional.

Some interesting extra resources

In the meantime, here is a small selection of some of our favourite resources about acoustics in schools:

Why architects need to use their ears – not just in classrooms… Julian Treasure’s excellent TED talk about how sound affects us has had over a million views. “Because of poor acoustics, students in classrooms miss 50 percent of what their teachers say.”

Noise is a problem for children’s learning – A talk from personal experience by teacher Ina Angel at the 2015 EIAS conference in Sweden.

How to transform unnecessary “waiting time” to valuable teaching time – an Acoustic Bulletin article highlighting a recent study that shows how an improved sound environment makes classes more efficient and increases the total available teaching time.

We hope you find these links useful.  Do get in touch with us if you’d like to discuss this project or our services within this sector.

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