One in six 15-year-olds are “unhappy with their life”

According to Pisa’s Students’ Well-being report, which collected data from 48 countries, the UK is ranked 38th for having the most unhappy pupils.

To measure happiness, students participating in Pisa 2015 were asked to rate their life on a scale from 0 to 10, where zero means the worst possible life and 10 means the best possible life.

On average across developed countries students reported a level of 7.3 but in the UK it was 6.98. The Dominican Republic had the happiest students.

But pupils in Eastern Asian countries that were top performers in the Pisa academic tests – China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao – were all less happy than those in the UK.

It also found that 7.9 per cent of UK pupils were anxious about tests, despite being well-prepared, in comparison to 55 per cent of students on average across developed Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries.

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