Things to consider when writing a policy on closing doors and windows when the school heating is on:
- Who will have responsibility for closing doors and windows?
- Who will monitor whether doors and windows are closed?
- How will you record performance?
- How will performance be communicated to everyone in the school?
- How will you reward good performance?
Remember: Getting the temperature right in the classroom is important; too hot and everyone falls asleep and doesn’t learn, too cold and we shiver, and must put extra jumpers on.
The best temperatures for schools are:
- Normal classrooms: 18°C
- Corridors: 15°C
- Areas with high levels of activity (e.g. sports halls): 15°C
- Areas with low levels of activity: 21°C
- Special needs schools or areas with very young children: 21°C
Adjust classroom temperature using heating thermostats and boiler controls rather than opening doors and windows.