Schoolchildren who attend their lessons wearing no shoes are likely to obtain better grades and behave better than those who wear them, a decade-long academic research has revealed. Researchers have observed tens of thousands of children who leave their shoes outside the classroom and found that pupils are more engaged in their lessons, which in turn leads to better academic attainment. Experts believe having children with no shoes in the classroom improves their learning because it makes them feel at home and more relaxed when learning. Stephen Heppel, lead researcher and Professor at the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice at Bournemouth University, said: Children are much more willing to sit on the floor and relax if they have no shoes on." ... The key to attainment is engagement and if children want to be there and enjoy being there, universally they do better. When they arrive late and leave early and are disengaged, their performance suffers. Kids with shoes on are less engaged than those without shoes.