A good listening environment makes a major contribution to a child’s ability to learn effectively. Studies, such as those undertaken at Swayne Park School, show that poor listening conditions make it difficult for pupils to hear essential information, impact negatively on behaviour and cause vocal fatigue in teachers. Therefore improvement of the acoustic conditions benefits not only deaf children, but all pupils and teachers.
Following an enquiry from an Educational Audiologist, various classrooms were identified as being highly reverberant.
Over the summer break, a contractor installed a suspended acoustic ceiling in the worst classroom and reverberation times were approximately halved.
The headteacher was so impressed with the result that they instigated a rolling program of similar treatment for the other identified rooms.