Research into disadvantaged children who achieve against the odds has won the British Educational Research Journal's award for 'Article of the Year' 2010.
Professor Iram Siraj-Blatchford, leader of the Effective Provision of Pre-School, Primary and Secondary Education at the Institute of Education (IOE), was presented with the award at the British Educational Research Association's annual conference last week.
The pilot study found that those children who go on to achieve despite their disadvantaged beginnings tend to have parents who nurture their abilities while encouraging and aiding their education.
The support of teachers, friends and the wider community in providing confidence and motivation was also found to be integral to the children's achievement.
According to the report, the best teachers should fill teaching jobs in the most disadvantaged areas as their ability to bond with and encourage children was found to help youngsters achieve beyond their expected attainment.
Part of the University of London, the IOE is a college specialising in education and other related areas of social science.
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