Evaluating the primary school classroom: checklist

Download and adapt this checklist to help you evaluate the physical space in your classrooms. It can help you identify areas for improvement, such as displays and organisation, to create a positive classroom learning environment.

Last reviewed on 7 February 2022
School types: All · School phases: Primary
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  1. Download our primary classroom evaluation checklist
  2. See this primary school example
  3. EYFS: evaluate your learning environment 

Download our primary classroom evaluation checklist

To evaluate the health and safety of your classrooms more comprehensively, see our other article.

There's no definitive list of features of a 'good' primary classroom

Ofsted hasn't produced any guidance on what inspectors will look for in primary classrooms.

Work with your staff on your approach to teaching and learning, and determine what particular classroom features will help support your vision. You can then decide what your expectations are for good practice.

See this primary school example

Bonneville Primary School in Lambeth includes a checklist for evaluating classroom learning environments in its learning and teaching policy.

The checklist states the learning environment should:

  • Be organised and tidy
  • Be clearly labelled as appropriate
  • Have an attractive book corner; bright, eye-catching displays; and well-organised storage

Download our audit to help you assess the indoor and outdoor learning spaces in your early years provision Find out how