A study has revealed that pupils’ life satisfaction declines in secondary school, with girls’ satisfaction declining faster than boys’ when they leave primary school. Tes reports.
The research, by education data website SchoolDash and school survey website Edukit, found that while pupils’ life satisfaction is relatively high in Year 3 – with pupils reporting an average score of 7.8 out of 10 – by Year 7 the average score had fallen to 7.2.
The survey also found variations in reported wellbeing depending on region.
Pupils in the North West of England reported the highest average levels of life satisfaction – 7.18 out of 10 – while their peers in the South East had the lowest levels with 6.77.
Timo Hannay, managing director of SchoolDash said this was surprising given that the North West has comparatively low levels of attainment under the Attainment 8 and Progress 8 measures, while the South East does well, suggesting that “life satisfaction is neither a driver nor a consequence of academic success”.
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