Pupils who follow a religion do better in class… even if they are not studying at a faith school, new research shows

Apr 17, 2021 by

by Steve Doughty, Mailonline:

Teenagers who believe in God are likely to get better exam results than those who don’t, a major study has found.

Children aged 14 who say that faith is important in their lives typically go on to pass more GCSEs than non-believing pupils.

The difference amounts to more than a third of an extra GCSE on average.

However the findings do show, they said, that teenagers who go to faith schools are more likely to hold religious beliefs when they reach the age of 25, and that faith schools do better than other secondary schools across a range of non-academic measures including suppressing bullying and winning approval from parents.

The evidence adds to the mystery of why holding religious faith appears to confer benefits. Well-being surveys routinely find that Christians and believers of other faiths are happier and more confident than others.

The findings were drawn from the Government’s National Pupil Database and from the Next Steps survey that has been tracking pupils in 650 schools since 2004. In the survey students were asked: ‘How important is your faith to the way you live your life?’

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