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A REVOLUTIONARY new type of window is to be tested at a school in Steyning, West Sussex.

While allowing normal visibility when required, the special glass can be “switched off” in an instant by a remote control held by the teacher.

Explained headteacher Joy Hall: “The idea is to combat that age-old problem of kids staring out of the window instead of focusing on their monitors.

“If a teacher notices certain pupils are not concentrating on the task in hand, or if the system reports an unauthorised drop in keystroke rates, the windows can be switched to opaque mode, thus removing a common source of distraction.

“We are hoping the trial period will result in a considerable rise in productivity.”