Study finds too much teacher praise is bad

Fri 31 Oct 2014
By Desmond Busteed

A Christian teachers group is praising the findings of a new report which has revealed that praising badly performing pupils at school doesn't improve their learning. 

The Sutton Trust has found excessive praise or grouping students by their ability doesn't aid learning, and that a teacher's knowledge of a subject is more likely to make a difference.

Clive Ireson, director of strategy at the Association of Christian Teachers agrees with the findings, speaking on Premier's News Hour, he said: "Children know if they've done something good or not in their work and if people say 'oh that's very good', and it isn't, then it's just false.

"You have to encourage children, those children that are finding it more difficult you encourage them in the little things that they're doing. You don't tell them something's great when it isn't. That's been one of the fallacies of recent years.

"Pupils are honest in the main, about their own work. They know how they're doing. For a teacher to say that's excellent when it isn't, then they know that they're just making it up."

Clive Ireson, Association of Christian Teachers:

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