Girls 'suffer from low self-esteem' in smaller schools
Girls can suffer a detrimental effect on their emotional well-being from being placed in mixed-year classrooms in small schools, a new report today shows.
The Growing Up in Ireland study says that girls in multi-grade classes report poorer behaviour and are less confident as learners than those in single-grade settings where there is one teacher per class.
The ESRI report, which charted some 7,500 children's school experiences between the ages of nine and 13, shows smaller schools may be causing young girls to suffer from anxiety and become negative about their appearance.
They also see themselves as less popular and tend to make negative self-evaluations.
This may be because they tend to compare themselves with older girls who share the same classrooms.