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Have schools got the ‘perfect’ system where every student achieves the grade they want? Unlikely. There are a number of factors that can get in the way.

However, research shows that students with either high aspirations or high expectations have higher school achievement than those with both low aspirations and low expectations. Further research shows that teachers’ expectations of students make a difference and that student motivation and learning outcomes are affected when teachers express high expectations.

So, is it effective to set high aspirations and expectations for students to influence their future attainment? Can teachers use predictive data to help them set these aspirations and expectations, and in turn, improve student outcomes?

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