(TELEGRAPH) — Teenagers’ exam results are more likely to be influenced by their parents than their school, according to research.

Figures show that a child’s family background has a larger bearing on their chances of doing well at the age of 16 or 17 than teachers.

The parental effect on test results is around five times more powerful than the influence of pupils’ schooling, it was revealed.

The findings – in a study to be presented at the Royal Economic Society’s annual conference this week – come amid continuing concerns over poor parenting.

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