What goes on in eight-year-olds’ heads: at last, a really clear picture | Jonathan Bradshaw

Bullying, friends and family are all areas of concern for English kids; but don’t panic – my survey found that more than 90% are mostly happy with their lives

Although most eight-year-olds in England are happy overall, there are worrying aspects, according to the first ever comparative study of their lives.

Until the results of the Children’s Worlds survey of eight-year-olds in 16 countries were published this week, we did not know how they were doing in England. The survey, which I coordinated, was undertaken in a representative sample of schools, and nearly 1,000 children completed online questionnaires, adapted to their cognitive levels. It covered family and home life, friendships, money and possessions, school life, local area, time use, personal wellbeing, views on children’s rights, and overall happiness.

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Bullying, friends and family are all areas of concern for English kids; but don’t panic – my survey found that more than 90% are mostly happy with their lives

Although most eight-year-olds in England are happy overall, there are worrying aspects, according to the first ever comparative study of their lives.

Until the results of the Children’s Worlds survey of eight-year-olds in 16 countries were published this week, we did not know how they were doing in England. The survey, which I coordinated, was undertaken in a representative sample of schools, and nearly 1,000 children completed online questionnaires, adapted to their cognitive levels. It covered family and home life, friendships, money and possessions, school life, local area, time use, personal wellbeing, views on children’s rights, and overall happiness.

 

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