Saturday, 22 August 2015

English children are unhappy with school

"The Good Childhood report, released this week by The Children’s Society, has found that English children are among the unhappiest in the world with their school life. More than a third of 10-12 year olds have been bullied in the last month and half have felt excluded by their peer group. Against satisfaction with life as a whole, children in England rank 14 out of 15 countries, and have particularly low body confidence and self esteem with girls in England bottom of the international ranking."

"Liz Bayram, PACEY’s Chief Executive, said of the findings; "We know that the foundations of emotional resilience and positive self image starts pre-school. A recent study published in the American Journal of Public Health which tracked children from pre-school through to adulthood found that social-emotional skills in young children are a strong indicator for wellbeing in later life."

"At PACEY we have welcomed Nicky Morgan’s call for emotional wellbeing of school children to be made a priority for the Department, but the focus needs to start much younger. We know that childcare professionals have a vital role to play in supporting children to understand and manage the wide range of emotions that they experience, and to encourage emotional resilience. When education policy in this country is increasingly focused on academic progress, and when children as young as 4 starting school this year will be tested on literacy and numeracy skills, we are looking for the Government to do much more to demonstrate that the happiness of our children really is at the heart of policy making."

Children are unhappy with their school life but Liz Bayram of the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years believes the problem begins pre-school.

How are children expected to express unhappiness with school life and to have that accepted these days ?  

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