The Learning Environment

The Learning Environment: A Research-Based Intervention

About the school

St Comgall’s Primary School is a Catholic Maintained school situated on the Brunswick Road in Bangor West, County Down. It has a current enrolment of around 300 pupils, and in 2016 St Comgall’s celebrated its 125-year anniversary. The school continues to build on and remains extremely proud of its rich history of providing faith-based, pastoral, academic and extra-curricular excellence.

As part of a highly self-evaluating and reflective school, the staff of St Comgall’s have developed a collegiate culture of continually employing the best and most relevant teaching and learning practices, with research-based pedagogy and based on international practice.

In early 2016, as a result of the staff’s international teaching experiences and the pedagogy of Reggio Emilia, the Foundation Stage of the school reviewed the learning and, in particular, classroom learning environments. This led the school to create gender neutral classrooms, with greater focus on Growth Mindset and pupils’ Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities. The outcomes have been so successful that this is now a whole-school approach.

Impact of the intervention

This video and infographic follows the process through to the evaluation of the impact on the teachers' practice and the children's learning.

Learning Environment Intervention Infographic

Find out more

To learn more about the learning environment at St Comgall’s Primary School, visit the CCEA Foundation Stage online course. Log in with your C2K username and password: