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ERIC Number: ED501869
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 93
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 3
Children and Young People of Kent: Survey 2006/7. Final Report
Chamberlain, Tamsin; Easton, Claire; Morris, Marian; Riggall, Anna
National Foundation for Educational Research
The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) was commissioned by Kent County Council (KCC) to conduct an independent survey of children and young people in Kent. The council and its partner agencies wanted to find out what children and young people thought about a range of issues related to the five Every Child Matters (ECM) outcomes. The purpose of the research was to provide information to support self-evaluation and planning for improvement at county, cluster and school level. The study involved two specifically-designed questionnaire surveys: one for primary pupils (aged 7-11) and one for secondary and college students, including those participating in work-based learning (aged 11-19). Pupils in special schools and pupil referral units were also included in both surveys. In total, 31,527 children aged 7 - 11 from 382 schools took part in the paper-based primary school survey. It was administered in schools, at a class level, by teachers. A total of 11,305 children and young people aged 11-19 from 98 secondary schools and other educational provision completed the secondary online survey. The 42,832 children and young people who took part in the survey were generally representative of all children and young people aged 7-19 in Kent according to the following characteristics: gender, looked after children, free school meals, special educational needs, speakers of a first language other than English, and year group. The key findings are presented under the five ECM outcomes: (1) Being healthy; (2) Staying safe; (3) Enjoying and achieving; (4) Making a positive contribution; and (5) Achieving economic well-being. Overall, the survey findings were relatively positive in relation to the five ECM outcomes. Children and young people had a good understanding of "being healthy", of the activities, inside and outside of school or college, that they enjoyed participating in and which helped them to learn. They also had a good awareness of economic well-being and had positive aspirations for their future. The main issues appeared to be in relation to two of the five outcomes - staying safe and making a positive contribution--where there were particular areas highlighted that required further attention. (Contains 60 tables.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Foundation for Educational Research
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)