Earlier this term, members of staff from EYFS and KS2 had the opportunity to visit Iceland and Sweden as part of the Erasmus project. Erasmus is a funded professional development scheme which aims to encourage a global curriculum, develop SEND provision and enhance the teaching and learning of all staff.
The Scandinavian ‘shoe-free’ approach to learning environments inspired Torriano staff to pilot this in Reception and a Year 4 class. Children in these two year groups decided to adopt the comfort of a shoe-free classroom and the feedback is overwhelmingly positive, from children and parents alike!
Teachers and visitors are also invited to take part, with many opting to slip off their shoes and embrace the freedom of socks or even slippers in the classroom.
During this pilot scheme, the school will be consulting with children across all other year groups and parents to decide if this will be further implemented.
Further information regarding the research behind the initiative can be found online: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2016/05/23/schoolchildren-with-no-shoes-on-do-better-and-behave-better-in-t/