White teachers are significantly more likely to doubt the ability of black students, study finds

White teachers have significantly less faith in their black students’ academic success when compared with black teachers, a recent study has found. Researchers in the US analysed data from an ongoing 2002 education study which followed 8,400 tenth-grade public school pupils. That survey asked two different teachers – who each taught a particular student in either maths or reading – to predict how far that one student would go in school. Concerning white students, the ratings from both teachers were revealed to be the same. However, when it came to…

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Parents are underestimating their children’s ability to learn language, claims report

Too many parents are underestimating their children’s ability to learn language, according to a report. A poll of parents by charity Save the Children revealed nearly half of those polled (47 per cent) had low expectations of their children’s ability to learn  reckoning they would know 100 words by their third birthday – just half the number recommended by the Government. As a result, the children struggle to learn when they start school and could be behind in class throughout their school years. Figures show there are 130,000 children struggling…

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