The "intensive fostering" of children helps them do better in school, researchers have found. Pupils given the treatment were more likely to be in education or training after a year than those who had other punishments, a new report for the Youth Justice Board says. Intensive fostering is used for children who have committed offences. A team works with them and their families for six months to get them to behave more positively and stay away from troublesome peers. They are awarded points for good behaviour. These allow them to move up a "level" of the programme or be demoted.