Public Release: 29-Mar-2017
Teacher encouragement has greatest influence on less advantaged children
University of Cambridge
Schoolchildren who receive words of encouragement from a teacher are significantly more likely to continue their education beyond the age of 16 than those who do not, a new study suggests.
The influence of teacher encouragement appears to be much greater on students whose own parents never progressed past compulsory education -- an important indicator of a less advantaged background.
For students from these backgrounds, encouragement increased entry into post-16 education from just over half to around two-thirds.
The research also found that encouragement from a teacher has the greatest influence on those students most likely to be on the margin for university attendance.