I was reading in a newspaper today the results of a survey by Essex County Council of nearly 7000 pupils from 77 schools. The findings include:

  • 49% of primary pupils and 27% of secondary pupils said they felt afraid to go to school because of bullying at least sometimes.
  • 26% of secondary boys and 48% of secondary girls worry about what other people think of them.
  • 67% of secondary pupils said they have never smoked a cigarette.
  • 31% of secondary pupils said that they drink alcohol occasionally or regularly
  • 19% of 15 year olds smoked in the last week and 55% drank alcohol in the last week.
  • 25% of secondary pupils said they had been offered illegal drugs.
  • 31% of primary pupils and 64% of secondary pupils thought that there was not enough to do in the area.
  • 53% of primary pupils and 48% of secondary pupils eat vegetables on most days.
  • 58% of primary pupils and 47% of secondary pupils eat fresh fruit on most days.
  • 31% of primary pupils and 42% of secondary pupils would like to lose weight.
Some surprising stats here. I expected the fruit intake of primary school pupils to be higher given that those in key stage 1 get a guaranteed piece each day from the government. I was surprised that the % of pupils who want to lose weight isn’t higher. Most of the statistics to do with alcohol, smoking and drug use are fairly normal.
Married to the amazing Sarah and raising Jakey, Daniel, Amelia, Josh & Jonah in our blended family. Passionate for Jesus, social work & sport.

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