Unit 3.4 Developing the environment for teaching and learning


The physical environment has a huge impact on learning and progress. The environment can be a positive factor contributing to improved progress and learning or it can have a negative impact and create a barrier to progress.

The first concern for any Headteacher is the security of the school premises. Little can be achieved if the school buildings are not secure or not set up to offer safety to children and staff.

Physical resources to help improve the environment are scarce and limited by financial considerations so Headteachers must deploy innovative and creative approaches to improving the physical environment in their schools to make it as good as it can be and as supportive of the learning process as possible.

In this unit you will be provided with practical solutions to improve the physical environment making it child and learning friendly.

Much of this unit links closely with the Installation Management programme provided by UNRWA HR Team.


By the end of this unit of study you will be able to:

  • recognise the importance of the physical environment and its impact on teaching and learning
  • share good ideas for improving the physical environment with a limited financial budget
  • generate and implement ideas and approaches to improve the environment for teaching and learning

Learning and practice outcomes:

You will:

  • have a detailed plan to improve the teaching and learning environment in your school

Implementation Task:

Create and implement a plan to improve identified areas of the physical environment of the school.

Initial Survey of the environment for learning

A positive classroom environment

creating a positive classroom environment

introducing circle time

SEAL staff review of social and emot. Aspects

working together checklist