Examining the link between family health events and pupil performance in Wales
The project will examine the effects that the health of children and their parents – including mental health problems – has on the educational performance of children at different ‘key stages’ in their academic careers.
This research could help the Welsh Government to create policies that support children to succeed, reduce inequalities of opportunity and create the broadest possible skill base. It can give schools and local authorities an insight into the educational performance and outcomes of children affected by illness, to help in observing and monitoring pupil performance and key performance indicators. It can also help the health services to support families to mitigate the effect of ill health on children’s education.
More about the project
This research project will examine the effects that illness has on the educational performance of children at different ‘key stages’ in their academic careers in Wales. The project aims to provide evidence of the extent to which different educational outcomes are affected by both pupils’ and parents’ health problems.
The outcomes of this research could inform a number of areas. Firstly, children and their families will have information that can help them as they move into the labour market, and in their subsequent careers.
Welsh Government policy makers will have evidence of the educational attainment of children who have been affected by illness during their schooling. This will allow the Welsh Government to create policy that supports children to succeed, while reducing inequalities of opportunity and creating the broadest possible skill base.
Schools and local authorities will have an insight into the educational performance and outcomes of children affected by illness. This will help in observing and monitoring pupil performance and key performance indicators.
Healthcare professionals and those working in communities will have evidence to support interventions which help families during health events in order to mitigate the impact on the child’s education.
James Healy, Philip Murphy, and David Blackaby (Swansea University)