Researchers have long known that attitudinal factors play a big part in educational success. The child who isn’t engaged or happy at school, for whatever reason, is unlikely to perform to the best of his or her abilities. The OECD has found, for instance, that there is a strong correlation between confidence and attainment in maths.
For all that, until relatively recently student wellbeing was seen as an adjunct to rather than an integral part of school life. Far-sighted opinion-formers and governments have, however, realised that wellbeing needs to figure prominently in education if young people are to develop to their full potential.
This report aims to play its part in shifting the balance away from an obsession with grades to an appreciation of just how important student attitudes to themselves and their schools are.