6.1 Pupils and apprentices’ well-being

The Pupil Survey

Schools must conduct the Pupil Survey every autumn for Year 7, Year 10 and Vg1 level. Schools may also choose to extend the survey to include all years from Year 5 to Vg3 level.

The Apprentice Survey

The objective of the Apprentice Survey is to give apprentices an opportunity to voice their opinions on the learning and working environment in their training establishments.

The objectives of the education system extend beyond academic learning. Schools should also prepare children and young people for life’s many challenges. The pupils’ well-being and learning are key to reaching this goal.

The overall trend is that pupils are very happy at school. The results of the Pupil Survey show that almost 90 per cent of pupils are “happy” or “very happy” at school. At the same time, 18 per cent respond that they always, often or sometimes feel lonely. Half of all pupils are “very happy” in the company of their classmates, and 40 per cent are “fairly happy” with their classmates (unpublished findings from the Pupil Survey 2015). There is no difference between boys and girls in terms of happiness at school (Wendelborg et al. 2014).

Apprentices enjoy their training, but many feel that they are not part of the social environment in their workplace

A total of 67 per cent of apprentices report that they are “very often” or “always” happy in the company of their colleagues. However, just over half (56 per cent) of them feel part of the social environment in their workplace. There is little to suggest that the apprentices’ well-being is linked to gender, age or study programme. 38 per cent of apprentices “very often” or “always” enjoy their work, while 48 per cent “fairly often” enjoy it (Caspersen et al. 2015).