Global Perspectives: Pupil Attitudes to Self and School Report 2018

Students’ attitudes are direct reflections of their own moods and overall mental health status. It makes perfect sense that students’ attitudes decline as they try to meet expectations that only the best will do.
David L Gleason, Psy.D., International Speaker and Author of ‘At What Cost? Defending Adolescent Development in Fiercely Competitive Schools’

Wellbeing is now top of the agenda across the globe. There has been a sea of change in understanding about what makes a good school and the world has woken up to the fact that student wellbeing is now a huge part of the picture.

Parents and policy makers the world over have been quick to expect ever greater academic success from our children but slow to appreciate the impact of these expectations. Our new report, Global Perspectives, explores some of the ramifications.

Looking at Pupil Attitudes to Self and School (PASS) data from over 95,000 students aged 7 – 16 in the Middle East and South East Asia, our analysis has found that one in ten children at international schools have attitudinal roadblocks to learning. In particular, a significant minority of students struggle with low levels of self-belief, a poor perception of their own capabilities and little confidence in their own learning.

Our report both explores some of the key trends from international schools and provides teachers with ideas to address attitudinal issues that may affect student wellbeing and performance.