School facilities play a major role in student learning and achievement, by creating a stimulating and inspiring environment. But some schools go years between facilities redesigns, so the classrooms and communal areas start to look worn-out.
As the appearance of your school facilities deteriorates, so do your students’ feelings of pride about the place they study. So today I’m looking at how a straightforward refresh of your facilities can dramatically improve school pride.
School Pride Matters
School pride shouldn’t be reserved for sporting events – it should be something your students feel every day. Whether it’s the classroom, hallway, library or sports complex, if your school facilities are looking outdated and worn-out, school pride and student achievement levels suffer.
Studies show that pride in a facility can help to lower absence levels and increase student morale. This drives improvements in both student performance and teacher retention. There’s even data showing that the right school environment fosters a sense of student ownership for building appearance.
Create an Environment That Makes Your Students Proud
Having the latest technology or sports equipment is important for student success, but to improve learning you first need to create the right environment – one that your students will be proud of and enjoy using. There are three primary factors that contribute to an inspiring learning environment, which you should prioritize during your next facilities redesign:
Your school colors are part of your school’s identity. Incorporating your school colors throughout your facilities will help to create a strong sense of identity and inspire a sense of community in your students.
Colored walls in communal areas are an obvious way to increase the prominence of your school colors within your facilities, but in classrooms bold wall colors will be a distraction. Instead you can bring your school colors into the classroom more subtly, with your choice of flooring.
Carpet tiles offer flexible patterning and color options, and you can even recolor existing designs to specifically match your school colors using Milliken’s innovative color and patterning technology.
What makes the biggest different between a space that’s dull and uninspiring, and one that is stimulating and inspiring? How well it’s lit.
No-one’s going to feel proud of a dark, dingy school, so improving your lighting can make all the difference to how your students feel about your school. Additionally, increased levels of natural light have been shown to lower stress levels and improve concentration.
Brightening up your facilities will help to create a more inspiring learning environment – one that your students will be proud of.
If your school facilities always look dirty (no matter how hard your maintenance team work or how regularly it’s cleaned), it gives the impression that you don’t take pride in your school, and nor should your students.
Poor flooring and design choices can make your school facilities really difficult to keep clean – and your maintenance team won’t thank you for it. When painting your walls, make sure you opt for durable paint that is washable. This will mean that rather than having to repaint to cover up all the scuffs and dirt on your walls (with extensive drying time), you can wash them down instead.
Additionally, you should choose flooring that will keep looking clean and in good condition for a long time. Stain protection is essential, and you should also think carefully about your choice of patterning: a colored pattern will be much better at concealing dirt and debris than a plain, light-colored carpet.
A good maintenance schedule is key: deep cleans should be saved for school holiday breaks (like Christmas or the summer break), but carpets should be vacuumed daily, and hard floors should be mopped daily. While this may seem like a lot of work it prevents a build-up of dirt and debris which can damage your flooring and lead to it deteriorating more quickly.