Classroom Audits 2020

Learning Space Audits 2020

Recently, students conducted an audit to collect observational data about the quality of learning spaces. The survey was created using templates and advice from leading educators Tom Barrett, Ira Socol and Pam Moran, and Professor Stephen Heppell.

Learnometer Data

We also collected quantitative data from a Learnometer, a device that constantly scans classroom learning conditions, to tracks noise, heat, humidity, lux and other measures (see images below).

When paired, these data provide a snapshot of the strengths and challenges of each learning space. Each space has been assigned a score out of 100 based on the data collected and goals associated with the school's Site Improvement Plan and leadership's vision for teaching and learning.

We believe in the aggregation of marginal gains, that the culmination of small improvements made over time add up to big improvement overall. Our intention is to re-audit spaces later in the year to compare and highlight any improvements.

We hope this information will spark reflection and discussion and action amongst staff and students and our community.


R/1 Classroom (Yellow)

Year 1/2/3 (Yellow)

Year 3/4 (Blue)

Year 4/5 (Blue)

Year 6/7 (Blue)

R-2 Small Class (Orange)

3-7 Small Class (Orange)

To follow: The Orange Unit Atrium & The Library.

Gratnells Learnometer constantly monitors classroom conditions to help create the optimal learning environment

(Posters By Haz)

<500 lux, with a target of 750 to 1,000. Mindful of Kelvin also. A minimum of 250 lux for conversations

18-21C is the ideal temperature range for learning.

Professor Heppell advises sound above around 72 decibels starts to be disruptive

Recommended to be below 2200ppm but concentration begins to be affected above 1000ppm.

There are no exposure limits for Volatile Organic Compounds. Concentrations between 50-325 ppb are thought to be acceptable.

30-50% is ideal for indoor comfort. Too high leads to asthma and mould, too low breeds flu and illness.

Australian national air quality standards state that pm25 should be less that 25ppm on any given day and average >8ppm across a year