Does ‘Grit’ impact on children’s GCSE scores?

Personality characteristics – especially conscientiousness - have been shown to have a significant but moderate influence on academic achievement. However our study showed that ‘grit’, defined as perseverance and passion for long-term goals, adds little to prediction of school achievement.

My Week at TEDS

TEDS twin Jemma recently spent a week at TEDS and has written an article describing her experiences.


Since December 2014 we have been carrying out a DNA study in which we have been contacting TEDS twins to ask them for new DNA samples. The DNA collected will allow us to conduct many original and exciting genetic studies.

TEDS GCSE findings make national news

A TEDS paper, based on GCSE results provided by TEDS families, was published in 2013 and attracted widespread news coverage. The paper itself, and many of the news stories, are available on line for you to read.

New TEDS book: G is for Genes

TEDS researchers Kathryn Asbury and Robert Plomin have published a new book called G is for Genes, about genetic influences on teaching and learning. The book is largely based on results from TEDS research projects.