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Programme for international student assessment 2000 — scotland analysis

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PROGRAMME FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ASSESSMENT 2000 - SCOTLAND ANALYSIS

Belonging at School

6. Eighty five per cent of 15 year olds in Scotland felt like they belonged at school. However, 27 per cent did not want to go to school, and 56 per cent often felt bored there. Figures for the rest of the UK were almost identical, with both similar to the OECD average. Students who felt lonely or out of place at school or students who felt bored tended to score worse on the reading literacy tests.

Table 21a Percentage and performance on the PISA reading literacy scale of students by responses to questions on engagement with school, Scotland

Proportion of 15 year olds who agree or disagree with the following statements:

Scotland

Scotland

Disagree or disagree strongly

Agree or agree strongly

Disagree or disagree strongly

Agree or agree strongly

I feel like an outsider

93%

7%

530

504

I make friends easily

8%

92%

530

527

I feel like I belong

15%

85%

520

529

I feel awkward and out of place

91%

9%

531

493

Other students seem to like me

5%

95%

526

528

I feel lonely

95%

5%

529

515

I do not want to go

73%

27%

532

517

I often feel bored

44%

56%

538

520

Table 21b Percentage and performance on the PISA reading literacy scale of students by responses to questions on engagement with school, UK

Mean reading scores of 15 year olds who agree or disagree with the following statements:

UK

UK

Disagree or disagree strongly

Agree or agree strongly

Disagree or disagree strongly

Agree or agree strongly

I feel like an outsider

93%

7%

529

493

I make friends easily

8%

92%

527

526

I feel like I belong

16%

84%

508

530

I feel awkward and out of place

91%

9%

531

481

Other students seem to like me

6%

94%

500

528

I feel lonely

94%

6%

526

522

I do not want to go

72%

28%

532

510

I often feel bored

45%

55%

532

521

Table 21c Percentage and performance on the PISA reading literacy scale of students by responses to questions on engagement with school, OECD

Mean reading scores of 15 year olds who agree or disagree with the following statements:

OECD

OECD

Disagree or disagree strongly

Agree or agree strongly

Disagree or disagree strongly

Agree or agree strongly

I feel like an outsider

91%

9%

504

476

I make friends easily

14%

86%

495

502

I feel like I belong

22%

78%

488

505

I feel awkward and out of place

85%

15%

506

475

Other students seem to like me

19%

81%

480

507

I feel lonely

89%

11%

504

477

I do not want to go

69%

31%

503

498

I often feel bored

50%

50%

499

504

7. Fifteen year olds in Scotland generally engage well with school, compared to most other countries. Fewer students felt lonely at school in Scotland than in any other country, and the vast majority felt that they belonged. However, the number of students stating that they did not wish to go to school was only just below the OECD average, and the number who stated that they often felt bored exceeded the average.

Table 22. Percentage of students by responses to questions on engagement with school, by country

Percentage of students who agree or strongly agree with the statement that "My school is a place where…

I feel like an outsider (or left out of things)"

I make friends easily"

I feel like I belong"

I feel awkward and out of place"

other students seem to like me"

I feel lonely"

I do not want to go"

I often feel bored"

OECD countries

Australia

9

89

85

11

92

8

34

60

Austria

7

86

85

18

72

10

29

49

Belgium

10

86

53

19

87

7

42

46

Canada

9

89

81

12

93

9

37

58

Czech Republic

11

86

73

9

84

9

29

47

Denmark

6

85

84

10

75

10

19

41

Finland

6

84

86

11

84

8

26

60

France

8

87

44

16

86

7

37

32

Germany

6

81

82

15

67

8

25

49

Greece

10

88

83

13

85

10

22

66

Hungary

10

87

89

9

85

9

38

29

Iceland

10

81

85

11

86

10

23

30

Ireland

7

89

83

9

93

8

34

67

Italy

7

90

73

9

88

16

38

54

Japan

6

70

76

22

62

9

25

32

Korea

15

83

68

15

42

10

30

46

Luxembourg

9

84

72

19

68

11

30

50

Mexico

10

84

88

11

76

12

9

28

New Zealand

9

90

83

12

91

9

34

60

Norway

6

85

79

10

86

8

23

58

Poland

10

78

63

14

53

12

28

38

Portugal

8

91

83

19

90

8

13

24

SCOTLAND

7

92

86

8

95

5

26

56

Spain

5

90

52

12

89

7

30

66

Sweden

6

87

78

7

88

9

20

58

Switzerland

7

85

76

14

74

8

28

38

United Kingdom

7

91

83

9

93

6

28

54

United States

11

81

78

14

83

12

35

61

OECD total

9

82

75

14

77

10

29

48

Country mean

8

85

77

13

80

9

28

48

Non-OECD countries

Brazil

5

89

86

10

88

8

20

30

Latvia

9

79

86

15

63

14

18

31

Liechtenstein

9

83

83

17

69

9

31

47

Russian Federation

6

82

86

13

50

10

17

27

Chart 10. Percentage of students who agree with the statement that they feel lonely at school

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Chart 11. Percentage of students who agree with the statement that they often feel bored at school

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