Richard Garner reports for The Independent on new Sutton Trust research on teaching practice.

Teachers who lavish praise on pupils are doing them a disservice, according to a study published today.

“For low-attaining pupils, praise … meant to be encouraging and protective can actually convey a message of low expectations,” it says. “The evidence shows children whose failure generates sympathy are more likely to attribute it to a lack of ability than those who are presented with anger.”

The finding comes in a report, What Makes Great Teaching, commissioned by the Sutton Trust education charity. It recommends the best – and outlines the worst – teaching methods for securing improvements from pupils.

Read the full report here.

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