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The Schools Environment Survey of 2010 showed that the learning environment is key to children’s behaviour and happiness - and over 95% of teachers agree.

At Smarter Spaces, we want to help make school environments more attractive, affordable and inspiring for teachers and learners.

To do this, we have gathered all of the evidence from existing research to inform our education design principles.

Areas of Consideration

From locker rooms to corridors, much of the school day is spent outside the classroom - so your focus should go beyond it.

Always on view and used by everyone (including visitors), your corridors are a showcase for your school.

As one (very honest!) headteacher says, ‘Our corridors always look tired and can sometimes be a bit of an embarrassment when looking around the school.’ Turning them into spaces that can support learning while also displaying the fantastic work of the school can create a real sense of identity for everyone who walks through them.

Design Principles

Be Bold

Corridors needn’t be long, dull spaces. Make them motivate pupils with bold colours, especially on doorframes and other accents. It’s often helpful to think of corridors as an extension of the classroom itself. Let work ‘spill out’ from classrooms and onto the walls outside, so children are ready for class before they’ve even entered the room.

Get Interactive

Large hallways and corridors can double as learning spaces, such as mini-libraries and games areas.


With tight budgets, it’s tempting to favour inexpensive, poor-quality design. But with wear and tear a fact of school life, more durable paints and products are often more cost effective. This is particularly true of corridors - victim of hundreds of scuffs from schoolbags throughout the school year!

Case Study

Cadoxton School, Barry, Wales

Over the past four years, the school has worked to transform its Victorian buildings to develop optimum learning spaces for its pupils.

Having simply been used to move people from one class to another, Cadoxton have now turned their corridors into assets for learning, providing children the opportunity to work either individually or in a small group outside of the classroom.

This change is part of the process of promoting their pupils to take more responsibility for their learning, with a dramatic increase in engagement and performance as a result.

Getting Started

Useful Questions to Ask Yourself

  • Do our corridors look tired and damaged?
  • Can our corridors better reflect our school identity?
  • Which hallways can double as interactive learning spaces?

The Perfect Product

Diamond High Performance Eggshell will look better for longer, protecting against stains and scuffs. That means you won’t have to redecorate as often, saving time and money.

How We Can Help You

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Get in touch

Contact us to find out how we can help. If you’re already carrying out design projects in your school, we’d love to see how you’re getting on! Share your photos with us on social media.

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