Praise for Portsmouth teachers who challenge students

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A 14-YEAR-OLD who represents students across Portsmouth has praised his teachers for pushing pupils to perform better.

Hayden Taylor’s comments come as new research shows a large minority of youngsters are not challenged by schoolwork.

Hayden, chairman of the Council of Portsmouth Students, said his teachers at Admiral Lord Nelson School in Copnor ‘push the boundaries’ of the curriculum to challenge children of all abilities.

His comments come as a survey for the British Educational Research Association’s annual conference today shows nearly one in five children ‘strongly disagree’ with the statement that ‘lessons are often too difficult for me’.

There is also evidence that high-achieving children are more likely to feel they are not being stretched.

Hayden said: ‘If you want to engage students you have to push them.

‘I view the national curriculum as a guideline which teachers have to interpret to suit their students.

‘At my school teachers are constantly thinking outside the box to make the lessons more challenging.

‘They always aim for one step higher than you think you can achieve, to drive you to excel.’

Hayden said students at his school also benefited from termly assessments to monitor their individual rates of improvement.