Growing up in Wales: Navigating Uncertain Times I Evidence from the WISERD Education Multi-Cohort Study

At the end of the 2021-22 school year, we surveyed young people in Years 8, 10 and 12 about their experiences of returning to school. The pandemic has contributed to a high number of school absences and challenging behaviour in the classroom and we asked the pupils about issues relating to absences and how they felt poor behaviour should be addressed. Other difficult issues such as race and racism, and gender and sexism were raised.

We also asked them about their interest and abilities in the Welsh language and about the role it might play in their identities.

Our survey included a focus on climate change and pupils’ emotions connected to this topic. We also gauged their knowledge of voting and other political topics raised at school.