A culture of low expectations around boys has been blamed for their low performance.
But now a new study has revealed naughty girls are actually more likely to get away with misbehaving in the classroom as it has less of an impact on their performance.
The research, by Brown University, found that behavioural problems at four or five years of age are more likely to have a long term impact on the exams results of boys than girls.
Researchers found that young boys with the same behaviour problems as girls tend to complete fewer years of schooling. Read more