Young persons’ survey

Every two years Scottish Borders Council carries out a survey across the region to find out what young people think about life in the Borders.

The results of the 2010 survey have just been published and they show that not only do the majority of youngsters in the S1-S3 age range enjoy living in the Borders but they also make a positive contribution to the community where they live.

Altogether a total of 2,078 high school pupils from S1-S3 completed the survey.

In the Berwickshire High School catchment area 52 per cent of the pupils were satisfied with life; 22.6 per cent were not happy with their lives and 25 per cent couldn’t really make up their minds.

In the Eyemouth High School area the figure of 12-14 year olds satisfied with their lot fell at 43 per cent; 26 per cent were not content; and here 31 per cent just didn’t know.

Now that you have done your bit and completed the survey, what happens now?

Scottish Borders Council say: “We will continue to run the Borders Young Person’s survey on a two year cycle and use its results to help plan future activity across education and lifelong learning.”

The survey findings are included in the Scottish Borders Children and Young People’s plan and every year the council has to report on how well they are doing in implementing the plan, and the survey filled in by so many of you forms part of their overall report.

Among the many things covered in the report are the number of pupil exclusions from both primary and secondary schools and school attendance and both figures show that pupils in the Borders are reasonably well behaved when the figures across the whole of Scotland are looked at.

Across the region a total of 308 pupils were excluded in the school year from 2009-10 and the number of pupils absent from school was well below the national average at 7.4 per cent compared to 8.8 per cent nationally.

The newly introduced Curriculum for Excellence features prominently in the plan but not all the focus, however, is on what happens at school - sport and physical activity are also looked at, as are youth services outside school.

The council’s director of education said of the most recent report on how their overall plan for young people is going: “This report reflects a wide range of achievement including activity in sport and physical activity, informal learning through youth work, arts and cultural activity all of which contribute to enhancing the quality of life for our children, young people and adult learners.

“As it should this report not only highlights achievements but also identifies areas for improvement.

“We are committed to addressing these areas through agreed actions at school, learning community or local authority level of the next year.”