Taking care of learner well-being
Blog posted by: Esme Winch, Managing Director, 20 September 2018.
The summer holidays may seem like a distant memory, but may I pass on my best wishes for the new school year. It can be easy to miss newly published reports and policies during the summer and when getting stuck in with the demands of a new term. However, over the summer one report that is worth drawing your attention to is the Children Societies’ Good Childhood Report 2018.
This report looks at long-term trends in subjective well-being for young people aged 11 to 15, over the past 2 decades.
There are some good signs, with significant increase in happiness with family and schoolwork between 1995 and 2016, as well as a large increase in happiness with school between 2004 and 2016.
Some of the more startling revelations in the report (covered widely, but perhaps not in great detail in the media) really focused on personal well-being and mental health. The report reveals a strong link between happiness with life as a whole and depression than between either of these and emotional and behavioural difficulties.
Of those young people who had low happiness with life, almost half (47%) also had high depressive symptoms – and vice versa. These measures also varied for different sub-groups of children, with girls having lower well-being and higher depressive symptoms, and boys having greater emotional and behavioural difficulties.
What’s worrying is that children who were attracted to the same gender or both genders had much more negative scores on all these wellbeing measures than other children. This pattern was stronger for well-being and depressive symptoms than for emotional and behavioural difficulties.
Also of concern is that living in a household with lower income was strongly correlated to emotional and behavioural difficulties.
The report also highlighted that girls were more than twice as likely as boys to self-harm, and children who were attracted to children of the same gender or both genders were much more likely to self-harm – with half of those surveyed actually having done so.
We’re in the privileged position in schools to be able to affect a change and influence young peoples’ lives for the better. An increased emphasis on ‘whole school approaches’ to mental health and new consultations on Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) are 2 ways we can try to positively affect young people’s mental health. The report also sets out that:
‘Schools should consider the efficacy of shorter, unobtrusive well-being surveys in identifying students who may be in need of support, rather than relying on lengthy surveys which may be distressing for young people to respond to without pastoral support’
With the drive toward progress 8, Ebacc & other drivers of performance in schools, it can be easy for young people’s well-being to be viewed as of secondary importance. This report shows that mental health and wellbeing are actually front & centre of everything we do with young people.
Throughout the year, we’re going to be taking part in these important conversations, offering advice and support to you from the experts we have to hand. We also have a number of qualifications to give these conversations structure and the ability to evidence young people’s learning with a certificate during your PSHE or tutorial time.
Latest News from
Oswin Project Case Study12/12/2018 11:15:00
At NCFE we understand the importance of education and lifelong learning. Education in prisons is vital in providing opportunities for inmates to upskill and increase their chances of finding employment upon leaving prison.
NCFE sponsors National Apprenticeship Awards05/12/2018 14:10:00
NCFE is delighted to have sponsored this year’s National Apprenticeship Awards and to support the government’s largest nationwide apprenticeship initiative.
170 years of qualifications - CACHE joins the NCFE family04/12/2018 17:05:00
NCFE is celebrating 170 years of NCFE and this month we’re looking back on 170 years of qualifications. A major addition to our portfolio at NCFE happened fairly recently in our history when in 2015, CACHE qualifications joined the NCFE family.
#TechTakeover - A Day in the life of software developer Ryan Richardson04/12/2018 16:15:00
Here at NCFE we have a team full of talented, enthusiastic individuals across a whole range of departments.
Are you a Full Stack Developer in the North East? We need you!04/12/2018 13:02:00
Are you a full stack software developer searching for a new opportunity to kick-start 2019? Look no further because we’re hiring!
#TechTakeover - A Day in the life of Richard Grant our development operations lead26/11/2018 16:15:00
Here at NCFE we have a team full of talented individuals with a whole range of skills.
#TechTakeover - A Day in the life of Shaun Forde our senior software developer26/11/2018 11:15:00
NCFE is full of talented individuals boasting a whole range of skill sets across our various teams.
Super-profits for some while bankruptcy threatens for others23/11/2018 12:15:00
Two big stories about further education have surfaced in recent weeks. One concerns the scandal at the large apprenticeship provider 3aaa, where it’s alleged that the owners of the company financed a lavish lifestyle on the back of some pretty dodgy reporting practices.
Engaging technical learners can break the exclusion-prison cycle22/11/2018 10:25:00
During this years’ GCSE results day, a piece of guerrilla marketing in London brought the exclusion-prison cycle into sharp focus. An unnamed group of students replaced tube maps on the northern line with a mock up showing how learners who are excluded from school could be on a destructive path to prison. Similar reports have indicated that up to 61% of excluded learners could find themselves in this situation.