Lavish praise from teachers ‘does not help pupils’


Teachers who give struggling pupils “lavish praise” could make them even less likely to succeed, research into classroom tactics has suggested.

The Sutton Trust education charity has warned that many strategies used by teachers have no evidence to show that they really work.

Too much praise for low achievers can “convey a message of low expectations”.

Robert Coe of Durham University said teachers needed to know what was “most likely to be effective”.

The study, What Makes Great Teaching, produced by Prof Coe for the Sutton Trust, drew on more than 200 pieces of research into what works in the classroom.

It highlights what it says are commonly used ways of teaching which are not supported by the research evidence.

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