I am grateful to Costigan Quist for pointing me towards the results of an annual nationwide survey of secondary school children published by Ofsted. This paints a healthily balanced picture of children’s lives. Looking at the statistics for Luton’s children, and comparing these with the national average, is instructive.
I got a positive impression of many aspects of the children’s lives. Luton seems to be a friendly place, with children less worried about bullying, less likely to use drugs and alcohol, and who try to work hard at school. They are likely to be involved in their school council or in a faith or community group outside of school, and have visited a library or museum recently. However, they are worried about their safety and crime, they are not impressed by Luton’s environment, and want more support from their teachers.
This content was originally posted on my old Process Guy blog.