The Children’s Society’s 2019 Good Childhood report found that pupils’ happiness is at its lowest levels since 2009, with approximately 219,000 children reporting they are unhappy with their lives. Children are most happy on average with their relationships with their family and least happy with the school that they go to.
It’s an eye-opening report, but perhaps there is a solution to this problem that we can draw from the working world. In commercial offices, the people or HR team are the ones that view a building first, asking the question, ‘will our staff be happy here?’. Only once they’re satisfied that the answer is yes do property teams visit to assess the facilities and infrastructure.
Can schools follow suit? Before thinking about desks, classroom layouts or new educational tech, could schools ask first and foremost, ‘how will this space make our pupils happy?’.