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School and education

Students’ reading improves with longer school days

Longer school days where teachers are free to plan extra sessions can improve students’ reading skills.

Creative crisis in the university lecture hall

Passive teaching techniques scare creative thinkers from the classroom, a Norwegian study suggests.

Punctuality more important than grades for apprenticeships

Getting to work on time. An interested and cheerful manner. These matter more to employers than an apprentice’s school grades.

Tablets help students write faster – but is that better?

If they need to remember what they write, pencils work better. So what is really best?

Teens with ADHD need more sleep

Sleep issues are more common among teenagers with symptoms of ADHD. And although they need more sleep, they tend to get way less than they need.

Teaching about religions tends to be condescending

A Swedish study finds that in high school religious education courses both teachers and pupils often suggest that religions are unnecessary for modern people.

It is not the ambitious girls who struggle most

Ambitious young people are not the ones who struggle most with mental health problems. On the contrary, it is those who are least integrated in school, family life and leisure activities who have the most problems.

Highly educated teachers don’t translate into high student grades

Good grades in primary school and highly educated parents matter more than having highly educated teachers, according to a new study.

Building the best police force

Recruiters should consider personality over problem solving when looking for top police officer candidates, a Swedish study suggests.

The power of popularity: impact of the cool kids on teaching

Pupils who are popular dominate more than the halls and yards of the school campus. They also have the greatest influence on teaching in the classroom.