One in five pupils grows more unhappy at primary school. And those in deprived areas are more likely to be depressed, bullied and under-achieving than their counterparts in middle-class schools. Academics from the Institute of Education studying pupils in Avon found that working-class boys between 8 and 10 who struggle academically are the most likely to be unhappy and to have a negative view of themselves.
Parents behave well
Parenting classes can improve relations with teachers. Researchers from Warwick University interviewed staff at 20 local authorities involved in a pilot project offering the classes. They found they led to improved teacher-parent relationships and better pupil behaviour. The researchers, who were commissioned by the government, said this could have a positive effect on pupil achievement.