According to the Met Office’s Health-heat watch, most of the UK is at Level 3 in their Heatwave Action scale.
Without even trying to understand the scale and it’s permutations, it’s obviously getting uncomfortably hot everywhere including inside schools.
One of the unintended consequences of using more technology in education is that during hot weather it doesn’t take a huge number of devices to really boost indoor temperatures. And the devices that suffer most quickly are the newer tablets and laptops. The problem with these devices is they don’t have very effective cooling systems compared to the old clunky desktops, which have inbuilt fans and space for the things to cool down.
Once a classroom gets hotter than 30C the NASWUT thinks neither teachers or pupils should have to work. While this idea has some merit, if we applied a similar threshold across all sectors of the economy then everything in London and the South East would already have been at a standstill for several days!
Aside from staff and pupil welfare and learning issues, the key edtech concern for really hot weather, is will the devices survive? It may not be popular, but cutting back on computer usage on really hot days is as good for the school’s budget as it is for the wellbeing of staff and students.
Luckily, school holidays are just around the corner.