Longitudinal study of young people in England

The Department for Education has published a longitudinal study of young people of secondary school age in England.

Key findings include that:

  • 40 percent of young people reported they had been bullied in the previous 12 months, with 8 percent experiencing daily bullying;
  • 14 percent of young people received additional private tuition;
  • Nine out of 10 parents described their child’s school as good or very good;
  • Four out of five young people who did not plan to stay in full-time education stated they intended to begin an apprenticeship (45 percent) or start work with some education and training (35 percent);
  • 64 percent of young people reported no risky behaviours and 68 percent of parents reported no indications of risky behaviours;
  • 16 percent of young people had tried smoking and 80 percent of those no longer smoked;
  • 76 percent of young people did not report any criminal behaviours;
  • Families are eating dinner together more often, with 52 percent saying that their family had eaten a family meal at least six out of the previous seven evenings;
  • Young people were socialising less in person with their friends, with 42 percent saying that they mainly sent their spare time going out with somewhere with friends and 13 percent saying going round to a friend’s house;
  • 47 percent of girls and 30 percent of boys said they used social networking and instant messenger sites throughout the day; and
  • Young people living in less deprived areas were more likely to participate in sport most days.

To download the full report visit www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/374649/RR388_-_Longitudinal_study_of_young_people_in_England_cohort_2__wave_1.pdf.