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Moderate level of stress good for pupils.

Moderate level of stress good for pupils.

Moderate levels of anxiety may be linked to greater academic success at school, according to a study.

Research among almost 5,000 secondary school students in Canada found that pupils reporting moderate anxiety were more likely to leave school with a qualification.

In contrast, those with either high or low levels of anxiety were more likely to leave without qualifications, indicating that a moderate degree of stress may help academic attainment, but too much or too little do not.

The findings were made in a study looking at possible links between depressive and anxious symptoms among young people and the risk of dropping out of secondary school without any qualifications.

Lead researcher Frédéric N Brière, of the University of Montreal, said: “A troubling proportion (6-22%) of adolescents do not complete secondary school in the UK and North America. These adolescents are at high risk of experiencing a wide range of psychosocial, physical and mental health difficulties as adults.

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