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  Noisy classrooms hit kids' spelling
Updated 22 April 2002, 11.14
Children in a classroom
Classrooms are so noisy these days that kids can't think or work properly, it's claimed.

A survey showed that noise levels in school are much louder than guidelines say they should be.

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Kids have to put up with chatting and the 'babble' of classrooms, aswell as outside noise like traffic and aeroplanes flying past.

And in tests, children did worse on spelling tests when there was more noise. They got around three or four more words wrong, than when they were tested in quiet conditions.

'Carpets help'

Playgrounds can be noisy too
Children with special needs were found to be particularly affected by background noise.

Some schools have found that putting in more carpets, and double glazing, helped pupils to concentrate and hear better.

One of the people behind the survey said: "If we want our children to perform well in school we need to tackle factors that interfere with learning."

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