The ability to obtain maximum daylight in the room is important both mentally and physically. Pupils respond well behaviourally to daylight, and to being able to see outside. Being able to regularly look to short and long distances is also beneficial to eye development.
Nowadays, designers of new schools have to meet strict standards with regards to daylight during the design stages. This often results in the inclusion of windows into adjoining corridor spaces, ensuring that daylight levels are appropriate in all parts of the classroom room as well as the corridor.
- Avoid covering windows with posters or paper as this darkens the room.
- Good quality blinds are much more effective and controllable than curtains.
- Ensure artificial lights produce adequate light of sufficient quality.
- Try to raise blinds first, instead of turning on the lights, in order to provide the most natural and calm environment for their pupils.