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Improve student exam results with suspended ceilings

Improve student exam results with suspended ceilings

More than ten years ago, a comprehensive study delved into the impact of noise on the learning environment. The examination encompassed 50 schools in London, scrutinising their noise levels in correlation with the academic performance of their students. Unmistakably, a direct relationship emerged, schools with higher noise levels exhibited poorer test results.

In the ensuing decade, a new wave of educational institutions has emerged, designed with advanced features such as sound-dampening suspended ceilings and walls. This architectural evolution has granted a greater number of students the opportunity to excel academically without the hindrance of disruptive noise.

Yet, what about the older schools that predate this architectural shift? What challenges do they face concerning noise, and is there a viable solution that doesn't necessitate demolishing and reconstructing structures to meet modern standards?

Addressing reverberation and background noise is paramount in tackling the auditory obstacles prevalent in classrooms. Reverberation, akin to an echo, compels teachers to raise their voices, inadvertently exacerbating the issue. This creates a cycle where hearing becomes increasingly challenging, particularly for younger students. The remedy lies in mitigating reverberation caused by hard surfaces like glass, metal, and plaster.

Background noise encompasses any sound apart from the primary signal—typically the teacher's voice. It ranges from general classroom chatter to adjacent class activities, traffic sounds, or the hum of electronic equipment. Elevated background noise levels correlate with heightened stress, frustration, and instances of miscommunication.

The introduction of suspended ceilings emerges as a practical solution to these acoustic challenges. All suspended ceiling tiles inherently possess sound-absorbing and attenuating properties. These tiles diminish the reverberation within a room, confine sound, and curtail external noise intrusion.

The transformative impact of suspended ceilings extends beyond acoustics. Classrooms equipped with these features foster a more tranquil and conducive atmosphere for learning. The reduction in ambient noise contributes not only to improved academic focus but also positively influences behaviour. Teachers can communicate effectively without straining their voices, and students are spared the need to filter out extraneous noise before engaging in their studies.

Talk to us about making new suspended ceilings a part of your school here.

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