A school in north London has gone shoe-free in a bid to make children 'feel more at home' in classes.
Pupils at the Torriano School in Kentish Town are being told to take off their shoes when they come inside in a move bosses hope will 'take away the hierarchy' between children and teachers.
The move comes after teachers from the school visited Finland, Iceland and Sweden, where the practice is more widespread.
Headteacher Helen Bruckdorfer told?The Camden New Journal: 'What resonated is this connection between home and school, which is very different to the way we organise school, and the need for children to feel comfortable and relaxed within the school setting when they come into the building.
He told MailOnline: 'Not all children wish to learn within a smelly feet environment. Let parents and pupils decide.
'Almost 40 percent of primary school pupils are not reaching the govt's floor standard in literacy and numeracy. Learning in one's socks is unlikely to solve this problem may encourage to shoe-kicking bullies.'
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