The Children’s Society finds a quarter of a million pupils are unhappy with the state of their lives, and says schools should monitor pupils’ wellbeing.
The Children’s Society’s annual Good Childhood report, published on Wednesday, found that pupils’ happiness is at its lowest levels since 2009, with approximately 219,000 children reporting they are unhappy with their lives.
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The study found children’s happiness at school was at its lowest point for a decade. Children whose families had experienced financial strain or poverty were more likely to be unhappy at school.
And the report found that a third – 33% – of young people aged between 10 and 17 were worried about having enough money in the future.
Furthermore, the gap between boys’ and girls’ unhappiness with their appearance had narrowed, as boys’ happiness with how they looked had significantly declined since 2009.
One in 12 boys aged between 10 and 15 were found to have concerns about their appearance.
Children were also worried by broader societal issues, with 42% of young people reporting they were worried about crime, while 41% said they were concerned about the environment.
This article was adapted from the TES.