Schoolchildren who attend their lessons wearing no shoes are likely to obtain better grades and behave better than those who wear them, a decade-long academic research has revealed.
‘Shoeless’ children are more likely to arrive to school earlier, leave later and read more, according to new research by Bournemouth University.
Researchers have observed tens of thousands of children who leave their shoes outside the classroom and found that pupils are more engaged in their lessons, which in turn leads to better academic attainment.
The research is in line with policies introduced in schools in England where children who go to class shoeless – following the steps of schools in Scandinavia in an effort to improve their academic standards and behaviour.
The study is based on observing and studying tens of thousands of children in over 100 schools in around 25 countries over the last ten years.
Apart from countries in Scandinavia, researchers have visited schools in New Zealand and Australia. The longest project has taken place in West London where children’s behaviour and academic results were analysed all the way through to university.
For decades children in northern Europe have learned with their shoes off because they are left at the school door arrival due to snow, ice or slush.
Definitely an approach that British schools should adopt. Traditional British classrooms are simply not designed for effective learning.