What a student sees in the area surrounding a school can impact behaviour and success in school, according to a new study by a Leicester-based research and consulting firm. Urban decay could "easily impact upon pupils and their teachers", said the report's chief author, Katy Owen. "They may demonstrate poor behaviour in the classroom, have low self-esteem, little appetite for educational attainment and have little cultural or social capital to draw on. Their teachers may become disillusioned and frustrated with their limited ability to teach in a community where crime and incivility is rife."
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