School environment crucial to academic results

New research from Building Schools Exhibition and Conference (BSEC) 2011 reveals worst traits in UK schools and the importance of school buildings on results and attitudes

Online PR News – 16-February-2011 – –
23-24 February 2011, London’s ExCeL

New research from BSEC 2011, the leading event for those involved in building and refurbishment projects for schools and colleges, today reveals that 99% of people working in the education sector believe a well-designed school is important for pupils and their academic results.

Furthermore, 88% of those surveyed felt an improved education environment generates a more positive attitude from pupils, with 53% agreeing they’d be better behaved and 52% stating that pupils will be more focused.

When asked what was the worst trait about schools today, a lack of recognition from local authorities and the local community was identified as the worst trait by a third of those surveyed. The second worst trait was identified as a lack of basic classroom equipment (by 32% of those surveyed), but reassuringly, only 7% felt that safety is the worst trait.

Samuel Jennings, BSEC event director commented: “The importance of a well designed and positive education environment clearly has a strong influence on the success of a school and their pupils’ academic results, and this is backed up by our research today. We’re looking forward to welcoming many of those working in the education sector to join us at BSEC 2011, including those setting up new free schools. This is event will help visitors find out about the latest Government announcements on funding for school buildings and how to practically improve and develop the best environment possible for their school.”

Some anecdotal comments on the importance of a good education environment include from those surveyed follow:

• “Without a warm but well ventilated, functional teaching space with acoustic dampening - and all the associated appropriate facilities - then children have less time and ability to focus on learning. Design can also inspire young minds.”
• “Better working environment and facilities makes pupils more focused and leads to less disruption in the classroom.”
• “A sensitive and imaginative refurbishment could be just as positive as a new build school.”

BSEC ( is a two-day industry event that takes place at London’s ExCeL on 23 and 24 February 2011. It‘s the UK’s only event dedicated to tackling the latest building and refurbishment challenges facing the education build sector.

BSEC 2011 will explore what these new policies mean for all types of education establishments and those in the building, architecture and construction industries.

The conference which runs alongside the free exhibition, offers interactive panels, discussions and best practice case studies, alongside numerous question and answer opportunities with keynote speakers, including free school founder and journalist Toby Young and Professor Stephen Heppell, recognised leader in education through new media and technology.

Key topics to be discussed include new procurement and funding models, how space can best support the curriculum, how to improve existing stock and adapt existing buildings to create quality education spaces.

The exhibition element of this industry event is free to attend and includes a range of free seminars. The conference costs from £285* per day and offers a full speaker and seminar programme across both days. To register for the exhibition and conference, go to For information on exhibiting at BSEC 2011 please call: +44(0) 20 7560 4040 or email

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BSEC 2011 -
BSEC 2011 is a two-day industry event which takes place at London’s ExCeL on 23 and 24 February 2011 - it is the UK’s only event that caters for everyone involved in education building projects. The exhibition is free to attend with free exhibition seminar content, plus a paid conference. To register or book your conference sessions go to BSEC is run and owned by United Business Media Built Environment.

BSEC 2011 Opening Times:
23 to 24 February 2011, London ExCeL - 9am - 6pm
Wednesday 23 February Gala Dinner - 7pm – 11pm

BSEC conference delegate rates (exhibition is free to attend):
• Standard two-day conference rate:
£445 (public sector) or £560 (private sector)
• Standard conference day rate:
£285 (public sector) or £365 (private sector)
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