Children at an East Midlands primary school are being encouraged to wear slippers in [16 DOWN].
Findern primary in Derby introduced the idea after one of the teachers came across research that found the relaxed approach to footwear improved academic results.
The decade-long [20 ACROSS], by researchers at Bournemouth University, found that allowing pupils to remove their [7 ACROSS], as is custom in Scandinavia, helped them to engage better in class.
Since implementing the policy, [10 ACROSS] at Findern have noticed an improvement in behaviour. [2 DOWN] teachers have also brought in their [23 ACROSS] slippers.
Michelle Hall, Findern’s deputy [6 DOWN], said: “It [4 DOWN] suggested by one of the teachers [24 ACROSS] seeing some research [15 DOWN] slippers can improve children’s grades. We pitched the idea to the pupils and they were very excited. It’s been a huge [1 ACROSS] so far and even staff are wearing slippers in the classroom too.
“Our pupils have always been [12 ACROSS] behaved but we’ve noticed some changes. There is [3 DOWN] stomping around and children are calmer and more relaxed. They love it.”
Maisie Futcher, a pupil, [17 DOWN] it was “a great idea”. The 10-year-old added: “I [5 DOWN] wearing my slippers at home, so it’s nice being able to wear them at school. It makes me [11 DOWN] relaxed and helps me to learn.”
For the study, researchers observed thousands of children in 25 different [21 ACROSS], and found that those wearing slippers in school were more [13 DOWN] to read, arrive early and leave later. They also examined the impact on academic results all the [9 DOWN] through to university, with marked improvement.
The study’s [14 DOWN], Stephen Heppell, professor of [22 DOWN] media environments at Bournemouth University, welcomed the [8 ACROSS] about Findern. “Shoeless learning isn’t for everyone,” he told the Telegraph, “but the hard research [19 ACROSS] says cleaning costs are lower, furniture lasts a lot longer and with clean floors you need less of it. It [1 DOWN] money – and academic progress is better [18 ACROSS].
SOURCE: The Guardian