Saturday, January 7, 2012

Children Need a Daily Routine to Succeed at School

We all know how important a daily routine is for our family, but this new study sheds some very interesting information we wanted to share with you. We at The Victoria Chart Company know the importance of regular bedtimes, family meals together, daily routines and we support this ethos in our Children's Reward Charts. Our founder Victoria Ballard has been demonstrating the benefits of routine in her products for the last seven years in the UK and more recently in the USA. 

As Tim Ross, in reported in Children's Health in The Daily Telegraph, UK - Children who grow up without the daily routine of regular bedtimes and family meals achieve worse results at school, a report warns:

The study from the Prince's Trust, the Prince of Wales's youth charity, finds that almost four in 10 pupils who fail to achieve at least five C-grades in their GCSEs do not have a set bedtime.

Young people with lower school grades were also twice as likely as their more successful classmates not to have regular family meal times while growing up.

The annual Prince's Trust Youth Index also discloses growing despair among the jobless generation of young people who have left school or university and are struggling to find employment.

The report underlines the importance of a structured upbringing in children's success at school and confidence in adulthood. It finds that young people who claim to have "lacked structure and direction" while growing up were less confident than their peers.

Martina Milburn, the chief executive of the Prince's Trust, said: "The absence of structure and routine in a young life can have a devastating impact. Without the right support, directionless teenagers can become lost young adults – unconfident, underqualified and unemployed."

Teachers have complained that growing numbers of children turn up to lessons too tired to concentrate after spending the previous night watching television or playing computer games and child development experts have warned that the influence of screen-based technology on the brains of young children can harm their prospects for success at school. 

The Prince's Trust finds that a quarter of the 2,136 young people aged 16 to 25 in the survey claim they did not have a set bedtime while growing up.

This rose to 39 per cent among those who left school with fewer than five A*-C grades at GCSE. Young people with poorer grades were also more than twice as likely as their peers to say they did not have regular meal times.

The study also finds that unemployed young people are losing hope for the future, with 51 per cent saying they were confident of finding work, down from 54 per cent last year.

More than half the young people who were out of work and not in education or training claimed they "often" or "always" felt depressed, compared with 28 per cent of their peers who had jobs or were studying.

Ms Milburn said that the charity ran clubs in schools to give disaffected young people "intense, structured support" to prevent them dropping out of education or being excluded from class.

It also provided after school "one-to-one" sessions with mentors to help young people improve their self-esteem.

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