One in five children could be at risk of mental health issues, study suggests

Boys are just as likely to be vulnerable as girls, the report from GL Assessment, a provider of assessments for schools, found.

Hundreds of thousands of children’s wellbeing could be ‘at risk’, with boys just as vulnerable as girls, according to our analysis of data from our Pupil Attitudes to Self and School (PASS) attitudinal survey.

According to GL Assessment's study of over 850,000 7 to 14-year-olds across the UK, almost a fifth of children have negative feelings towards school and struggle with issues like self-regard and their perceived capabilities as learners. These, often hidden, attitudinal issues can have a big impact on children’s wellbeing, attainment and future life chances.

The new report, Children’s Wellbeing: Pupil Attitudes to Self and School, highlights the key trends from across the UK, and provides practical ideas that schools can put into place to identify and support students who are at risk.

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