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Statistics

Here are some interesting facts and figures relating to children and young people, education and church.

Talking Jesus was a study of 2000 11-18 year olds in England in 2016 with the following key aims:

•Understand broad perceptions of Jesus among 11-18 year olds.

•Understand how frequently Christians and non-Christians have conversations about faith in Jesus.

•Explore how Christians feel about talking to non-Christians about their faith in Jesus.

•Explore how non-Christians feel when Christians talk to them about their faith in Jesus.

•Understand the reasons why young people become Christians.

MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING

It is said that, on average, three children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health issue. One in five children will experience a mental health difficulty at least once in their first 11 years, and many adults with lifetime mental health issues can trace the symptoms back to childhood. This is a real source of concern for anyone working in a school.

(TES Feb 2016 also Jeremy Hunt Jan 9 2017)

1 in 10 young people will experience mental health problems.

(Source: Time to Change)

According to the latest report from the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development, 15 year olds in the UK are amongst the unhappiest in the world. The full wellbeing study involved 540,000 young people in 72 countries, although only 48 of those countries took part in the happiness measuring part of the study. With 15.6 percent of British respondents saying they were unhappy, the UK ranked 38th out of 48.

That is one way of looking at the statistics and one on which headline writers were keen to seize. Despite the dystopian gloom, when asked how they felt about life, the average score for life satisfaction was 6.98, while 28 per cent of those questioned said they were very satisfied with their lives.

The reasons which teenagers give for their dissatisfaction are also no surprise. They centre on anxiety about academic performance and bullying, both of which are already voiced as concerns on a regular basis.

(Source: Christians in Education)

CHURCH / CHRISTIANITY

95% of children and young people do not have regular contact with a church.

(UK church Statistics 2:2010-2020 – Peter Brierley)

SCHOOLS / EDUCATION

More than 40 schools have sought exemptions in the past 18 months (April 2017) from the legal requirement to provide a daily act of Christian worship, with many choosing ‘non-faith’ or ‘multi-faith’ alternatives for the first time. A total of 46 schools since 2015 have asked to opt out from a daily act of worship that is ‘wholly or mainly’ of a Christian character, a rule that has been in place since 1944.

(Source: Schools Week)

Thousands of state schools across England are segregated along ethnic or social grounds, according to research. More than a quarter of primary and four in 10 secondary schools are ethnically divided, the social integration charity, The Challenge, found. It says almost a third of primary and a quarter of secondary schools are segregated along socio-economic lines.

(Source: Christians in Education)

There are fears it could get even tougher to recruit teachers after a drop in the number of trainees on courses in England and Wales. The latest figures show a 6.9% drop in acceptances on to teacher training courses for this year. Head teachers' leaders said the drop in recruits would deepen the teacher recruitment crisis. The Department for Education said there were more teachers than ever before in England's schools.

(Source: Christians in Education)

POVERTY

Love the city of Sheffield but sad that 23% of children here live in poverty here.

(Sheffield City Council Corporate Plan 2015-18)

PORNOGRAPHY

60% of young people are already seeing pornography by the time they are 14 years old.

(Source: The Independent 2 March 2017)

1 in 7 teenagers have taken a semi-naked/naked picture of themselves. Over half went on to share the picture with someone else.

(Source: NSPCC 2016)

90% of children between the ages of 8 and 16 who have viewed porn have done so whilst doing their homework.

(Source: Family Safe Media quoted in 'Raising Teens in a Hyper-Sexualised World by Eliza Huie)

FAMILY LIFE

Britain has some of the most unstable families in the developed world, a new study has found. Figures released by the Marriage Foundation show that the majority of British children born to co-habiting couples will see their parents break up, while a third of British 12-year-olds have seen their married parents separate.

(Source: Christians in Education)

Every hour another young person is made homeless.

(Source: YMCA)

400,000 children in the UK do not have a bed of their own to sleep in.

(Source:Buttle UK)