PSHE News Digest: 17-21 August

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Children in England are unhappier at school than their peers in almost every other country included in a new international survey, with widespread bullying causing huge damage to their wellbeing. The report found that 38% of 10 and 12 year olds in England have been physically bullied and 50% have felt excluded in the last month, with bullied children six times as likely to experience low wellbeing. Read the Guardian article here.

Latest data from Action on Smoking and Health finds no evidence that electronic cigarettes are a gateway to smoking for young people. Experimentation increased over three years with 4% of 11-18 year olds saying they tried electronic cigarettes ‘once or twice’ in 2013 rising to 10% in 2015. However, regular use of electronic cigarettes remained rare across all three years with 2.4% of young people saying they use electronic cigarettes at least once a month in 2015. The report is available to read here.

Young women are avoiding medical help because they’re too embarrassed to discuss gynaecological issues with their doctors, according to a new study. Out of 1,000 women surveyed, those aged between 18-24 were four times less likely to go to a doctor about a sexual health issue than women aged between 55-64”. The Telegraph article is available to read here.

One in 10 adults regret basing study choices on poor career advice while at school, a YouGov poll has showed. The findings of 2,076 British adults also revealed that one of the biggest regrets about schooling was picking a subject or course without a career in mind. The Telegraph article is available to read here

UK graduates are wasting degrees in lower-skilled jobs. Britain’s failure to create sufficient high-skilled jobs for its rising proportion of graduates means the money invested in education is being squandered, while young people are left crippled by student debts, warns a new report. Read the article in the Guardian here.

Marking GCSE results day the Institute of Directors, the CBI and the British Chambers of Commerce all released press releases arguing that schools should focus on soft skills, and not grades alone.

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