For many schools, staffrooms are almost seen as an anachronism and many newly- built establishments have relinquished them altogether. The move away from staffrooms can perhaps be traced to 2012, when amendments were made in England to the Education (School Premises) Regulations, taking away the need for teachers to be given a work and social space (not applicable in Wales or Northern Ireland).
At times when there is, for example, a need for space for other professionals to have a room in which to work and meet pupils, and space for children with complex needs to withdraw to, it's understandable that the staffroom might be sacrificed to meet those needs. But do they not still fulfil an essential role in schools? We set out the benefits of maintaining staffrooms, despite the increased pressure for space.
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