18th December 2015 at 00:00

Awareness of school nursing low

The majority of secondary school pupils have no idea how to go about seeing a school nurse, research finds. A study of 292 pupils between the ages of 11 and 18 reveals that 57.5 per cent do not know how to get in contact with their school nurse, and 95.9 per cent do not know their nurse’s name. About half of the young people said they knew that the school nurse provided vaccinations. But the study, conducted by Amy Booth of Doncaster Public Health, said there was little awareness of other services offered. However, among those who had visited a school nurse during the previous year, 75 per cent said that the advice given was helpful.

Gang risk linked to low achievement

Children who are low achievers in the late years of primary school are at significant risk of becoming involved with gangs as teenagers, an analysis suggests. The comprehensive review of existing research, conducted by the Early Intervention Foundation, finds that low academic achievement among 10- to 12-year-olds is a strong risk factor for later gang involvement. Pupils who show low commitment to school between the ages of 13 and 15 are at risk of actively participating in youth violence, it reveals. Students who play truant – whether at primary or secondary school – are also at risk of becoming involved with violence.

Feedback: stick to the key facts

Pupils respond best to feedback that is reduced to key points and, ideally, tailored to their specific needs, a study finds. Rizwana Nadeem, of Lahore College of Arts and Sciences in Pakistan, researched the effectiveness of verbal and written feedback. Her findings have been published in the latest edition of the London Review of Education. Higher-achieving pupils preferred written feedback to oral feedback, as they felt they would not retain all verbal instructions. Lower-ability pupils preferred oral feedback, because it allowed them to ask questions. For both sets of pupils, feedback was most effective when pared down to key points, and directly addressed pupils’ own skills and errors.

Adi Bloom (@adibloom)

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