John Hattie: 10 Myths about student achievement

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

What really aids student achievement? In an interview with Sarah Montague for BBC Radio 4, John Hattie dispels some popular myths about what does and doesn’t matter in your school.

John wants to make clear is that a student’s ability to achieve academically primarily comes down to teacher expertise. How teachers think and make daily decisions and judgements is the most important thing within a school. Factors that sit outside of this include:

1. Class Size 

2. Types of Schools 

3. Uniform 

4. Homework 

5. Extra-Curricular Activities 

6. Home Environment 

7. A Child’s Birthday 

8. Streaming and Teacher Talk 

9. Testing 

10. Student Expectation 

Read why these 10 areas have little effect on student performance in the Iris Connect article here>>