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Key findings 4. Citizenship and aspirations

All young people should thrive when leaving school by accessing opportunities for education, employment or training.

South Gloucestershire’s Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2013-16

Pupil voice

4.1.  Less than half (46%) of young people surveyed felt that the pupil voice, for example through the school council, make a difference at their school or college. 59% of primary and only 22% of secondary felt this was the case. 28% of pupils did not know. Confidence in pupil voice decreased with age and by year 10 only 13% of pupils felt that their school council and pupil views made a difference in their school. The big drop off appears to be the move from primary to secondary schools.

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Careers

4.2.  22% of secondary and year 12’s have a paid job outside school. Over half – 56% of Year 12’s have a paid job in their free time. 14% do voluntary work in their free time – just under 1/5th – 19% of Year 12’s do voluntary work. There was a gender difference with 24% of boys compared to 19% of girls having a paid job in their free time, whereas 16% of girls and 12% of boys do voluntary work.

4.3.  76% of year 8’s and 10’s expect to go into further education or training in year 11 (78% girls and 72% boys). 9% of year 8’s and 10’s think that in the future it is likely that they will become unemployed and NOT go into further education or training. A similar level of year 12’s also believe this.

4.4.  45% of secondary and year 12 pupils feel their careers advice has been helpful and useful in planning for the future. There was a significant gender difference, 20% of girls and 49% of boys found the information they have received was useful.

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Young carers

4.5.  7% (164) of secondary and Year 12’s identified themselves as Young Carers. However 35 pupils then went on to say they were a young carer less than 5 hours a week, which means 6% (129) are Young Carers 5 or more hours a week. The overall average caring time was just over 7 hours a week.

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