Ministers urged to make schools measure pupils’ wellbeing as child happiness hits lowest in decade

Ministers have been urged to tackle the “scandal” of falling happiness among children by making schools measure pupils’ well-being every year. The Children’s Society said a short survey of all secondary school pupils would link wellbeing data with factors such as demographics, attainment, school moves, and social indicators like eligibility for free meals. Politics Home reports.

The Good Childhood Report also found a third (33%) of 10-17 year olds have concerns about whether they will have enough money in the future, with more than a quarter (29%) worrying about having a job. 

Elsewhere it showed most common worries among 10 to 17 year olds were crime (42%), followed by the environment (41%) and information sharing online (37%).

Mark Russell, Chief Executive at The Children’s Society says: “Children are also burdened with fears ranging from worrying about the future, not having enough money to not feeling safe at school and bullying. Many young people tell us they feel side-lined and ignored by those in power.”

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