Teachers observed a substantial minority of their students experiencing difficulties in their learning. Of these, teachers identify behavioural and cognitive difficulties as the most common.
Teachers’ responses cannot be directly compared to students’ responses in similar areas but when looked at together, it is clear that there is a range of behavioural and physiological difficulties experienced by a substantial minority of students.
Students identify physiological issues (hunger, tiredness) as a more common experience than do teachers. However, teachers observe behavioural issues (concentrating, controlling behaviour) more frequently than students report them. It may be that students and teachers have different perspectives on what constitutes behavioural issues, and students may be less likely to recognise their behaviours as problematic.
This suggests that behavioural issues, as a whole, are quite common in the student body, and that teachers’ assessments of physiological issues are aligned with students’ reports of these.