‘Relaxed discipline’ helps pupils, research finds

According to TES, a new report on social mobility describes how a “relaxed” approach to discipline in private schools – where pupils are encouraged to view themselves as equal to their teachers – helps young people to succeed in later life.

The report – Elites in the UK: Pulling Away? – published today, by social mobility charity the Sutton Trust, cites a research project based in an elite boys’ day school in London which found pupils benefited from an environment where they saw themselves as “relatively equal” to teachers and authority figures.

It says this relaxed approach to pupils’ behaviour made them feel confident in applying “pressure on those with power to secure advantages for themselves both at school and university”.

The report also reiterates recommendations from the charity’s Mobility Manifesto, published just before the general election in December.

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