The time spent outside school is a key component in young people’s development and can influence all aspects of their lives from health and relationships to confidence and career prospects.
It’s particularly relevant to 14-16 year olds who find themselves at a critical juncture in their lives where they are no longer children…but not yet adults. Often referred to as ‘Generation Z’, these young people have grown up against a backdrop of rapid technological change and persistent economic uncertainty.
For many, this age is a tipping point. Growing independence generates new pressures and this can be a period where negative influences and behaviour outside school has a lifelong impact on wellbeing and success.
To find out what young people at this stage of their lives think about how they spend their leisure time, we surveyed a representative sample of 14-16 year olds across the UK.
The findings highlight some interesting trends in activities and attitudes which should provide useful insight for those keen to support the aspirations and life-chances of young people.
We encourage you to contact us if you’d like to know more.