Raise confidence, raise results: confidence-boosting strategies for schools

Posted 26th February 2019 by Richard Angus

About our student confidence research

Student confidence is an issue that we often hear about at MyTutor. Our partner schools tell us that their students perform better when they feel more confident, so we commissioned this research with over 2,500 UK teachers to understand the factors which influence student confidence and what schools can to do help.

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What did we find out?

How much does a students’ confidence correlate to their academic performance? This is a question that has long interested both teachers and researchers – and it’s the basis of our latest report. We also looked at the correlation between confidence and affluence, and how schools can support students with low confidence.

We found that:

  • 42% of teachers at disadvantaged schools feel their students lack confidence in their academic ability (compared to just 12% at affluent schools)

Student confidence report

  • 76% of teachers at disadvantaged schools say that students who lack confidence have parents or carers who aren’t interested in their schoolwork

Parental engagement graph

  • Confidence falls as children become teenagers
  • For socially disadvantaged students, mentoring can make a huge difference
  • Teachers trust one-to-one mentoring to raise confidence and grades

If you have any questions or would like to hear more about how we can support your school, give us a call on 0203 773 6025 or email

Written by - Richard Angus

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