• Gwyther Rees
Part of the Children’s Well-Being: Indicators and Research book series (CHIR, volume 18)


This chapter explores children’s views and feelings about their life at school – including whether they like going to school, how safe they feel, their relationships with teachers, the things that they learn and how they are doing with schoolwork. It provides evidence of some striking differences in children’s feelings about school life in different parts of the world. It also shows that this is an aspect of children’s lives where there are important variations according to both gender and age group. Analysis is presented of the links between children’s feelings of safety at school and two other factors – the negative peer experiences discussed in the previous chapter and children’s views of the quality of their relationships with teachers. The analysis shows that all of these factors are linked and this suggests that initiatives to reduce negative peer experiences or bullying and improve the quality of child-teacher relationships could both potentially enhance children’s feelings of safety at school.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gwyther Rees
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  1. 1.Social Policy Research UnitUniversity of YorkYorkUK

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