High-achieving students identify the top reasons behind their schooling success

A recent study in Australia has identified relationships with teachers and peers and participation in extra-curricular activities as three of the most important factors in high achieving year six students’ success at school.

The study tracked their results throughout primary school to identify which students consistently achieved above standard, which students fluctuated and those who achieved above standard once.

The paper, published in the latest edition of Issues in Educational Research, is one of the few of its kind to identify the factors that influence high-achievement by asking students to discuss their own schooling experiences.

It found that social factors such as friendships and sense of belonging at school through participation in non-academic programs, as well as the role of teachers, were recurring themes for students who were achieving above standard consistently as well as those whose results fluctuated.

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