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Noise Outside Schools Hurts Academic Performance

Source: New Scientist
May 2005

According to South Bank University's Bridget Shield, the higher the noise levels outside schools, the lower the scores. This conclusion was drawn from her team's measurement of noise outside some 142 London primary schools when compared with results from national standard examination papers taken by pupils aged 7 to 11 years.

The researchers conclude that schools should be located away from loud traffic if possible or to insulate or redesign existing school buildings.

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