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Parents make a big difference just by talking - BBC News

The OECD has produced an international study of well-being and how young people feel about their lives. The think tank's education director Andreas Schleicher explains how much positive impact can come from simple changes such as parents taking time to ...and more »

Competitiveness at school may not yield the best exam results - The Economist (blog)

EVERY three years the OECD, a club of mostly rich countries, tests hundreds of thousands of high-school pupils across the world on maths, reading and science. Its Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) has become the leading benchmark ...and more »

Most teenagers happy with life, study finds - BBC News

Most 15-year-olds report being happy with their lives, an international study of students' well-being suggests. The report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development found an average satisfaction score of 7.3 on a scale from nought ...and more »

Irish teens find exams more stressful than international students - Irish Times

Irish school students suffer much higher levels of anxiety than their European counterparts in the lead up to exams, according to new research on students' wellbeing. Nearly two thirds of Irish students interviewed as part of the Organisation for ...and more »

Why French school pupils are among the happiest in the world - The Local France

France is known for a rigid schooling system, but French students may be happier than their foreign counterparts, according to a new study. French 15-year-olds ranked as the 6th most satisfied with their life among the 35 OECD (Organisation for ...and more »

Study finds majority of Irish teens are happy, but one in six 15-year-old's feel “like an outsider” - The Irish Sun

IRISH teens are a relatively happy lot — but some worry about schoolwork and being accepted by pals, a major global study has found. While mostly positive, research by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development also revealed that one ...and more »

Italian schoolkids make friends easily but suffer high anxiety - The Local Italy

Italy's schoolchildren get top marks for socializing but suffer from high levels of anxiety, according to an OECD survey investigating student wellbeing in the developed world. The most recent Pisa education rankings, released by the OECD on Wednesday ...and more »

Kiwi students report second-highest rate of bullying in international study - Stuff.co.nz

New Zealand 15-year-olds report a higher rate of bullying than their peers in most other countries. Fifteen-year-olds in New Zealand are reporting the second-highest rate of bullying out of 51 countries - a statistic the Children's Commissioner has ...and more »

More than one in six schoolkids get bullied in Sweden: study - The Local Sweden

More than a sixth of all Swedish 15-year-olds experience bullying at least a few times a month, according to an OECD survey investigating student wellbeing in the developed world. The OECD released the most recent volume of its major Pisa education ...and more »

OECD report highlights pressures felt by teenagers worldwide - ABC Online

Is your child's academic performance suffering? It might be worth checking in to see how they're coping with life's stresses. An international study has shown pressures at school and home are undermining teenagers' wellbeing and their performances at ...and more »