State of Education Report 2017 state-of-education-booklet-Final-WEB - Page 27

“Signs of mental health issues among pupils increase during exam/assessment periods” 2% <1% Strongly agree 48% 9% 6% “Children’s wellbeing should be the most important thing to us, because without that, they can’t learn.” Simon O’Keefe, CEO - Stour Academy Trust skills have deteriorated, and a similar proportion (41%) says they have stayed about the same. Academic resilience among young people has not fared well over the last two years, Tend to agree in either phase. More than four in 10 leaders Neither agree nor disagree (42% at primary and 47% at secondary) say Tend to disagree that academic resilience has got worse, while fewer than two in 10 (18% Strongly disagree at primary and 14% at secondary) believe it has improved. Don’t know Pupils remain just as ambitious as previously in just over half of schools (53% at primary and 51% at secondary), and are more so in 19% of secondary schools. While half of leaders in each phase believe Pupils are less resilient than two years ago that their pupils are just as tolerant as before, one in three (30%) primary leaders and one in four (26%) of those in secondary settings We asked school leaders to reflect on a range of skills and attributes believe pupils’ tolerance of others has worsened. that pupils might display and tell us in each case whether they have improved or worsened over the past two years. Primary leaders are more positive about pupils’ problem-solving abilities, with 28% seeing an improvement here. For more than six in 10 school leaders (61% at primary and 65% at secondary), pupils are less emotionally resilient than two years ago. In our 2016 survey, eight in 10 (79%) primary school leaders told us that pupils did not have the expected social skills when they joined reception class. It seems this situation has not yet improved: nearly half (45%) of primary leaders this year report that children’s social MORE ABOUT THE KEY: WWW.THEKEYSUPPORT.COM More than a quarter (26%) of school leaders think pupils’ problem-solving abilities have got better over the past two years. PAGE 27