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Removing shoes and socks could help children's education

26/05/2016 Joanna

Children who remove their shoes in the classroom are likely to get better grades and be more well-behaved, new research has shown.

The study, which was conducted by researchers at Bournemouth University, examined tens of thousands of children in over 100 schools in around 25 countries over the last ten years. The researchers visited schools across London, Scandinavia, New Zealand and Australia, and established that countries where children are shoeless see improved academic standards and behaviour.

In light of these results, experts are now calling on teachers across the UK to implement similar no-shoe policies, in order to "give children the best possible chance of performing in their exams".

Stephen Heppell, lead researcher and Professor at the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice at Bournemouth University, said: "Children are much more willing to sit on the floor and relax if they have no shoes on."

By sitting on the floor, the researchers state that children "feel at home" and are therefore more relaxed when learning.

The success of this has also been particularly pertinent among boys, with Mr Heppel stating that "having conditions in the classroom that are like those at home means that more boys are reading in the classroom". 

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