The Royal Belfast Academical Institution


“Schools need to be inviting places for students to learn. This means that the many dimensions of well-being need to be understood and preferably enhanced.


YEARS 8, 10 AND 13

“Schools need to be inviting places for students to learn. This means that the many dimensions of well-being need to be understood and preferably enhanced. Providing interpretative reports on the status of the well-being of students is a major step to both understanding the resilience and other well-being skills of the student, for knowing what programmes may be needed to enhance these skills so that students can cope with the ever increasing complexities of their and our world, and for using as baseline information to thence see the impact of the school’s programmes on these important skills. The Centre for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne has developed an excellent report that is assisting RBAI in these endeavours. Without such evidence, we have but opinions; and if we are to truly “know our impact” then we need to have these reports to become the focus of debate and pride in our schools.”

Professor John Hattie

Director, Melbourne Education Research Institute

Pupils in Years 8, 10 and 13 at The Royal Belfast Academical Institution were invited to respond to a well-being survey, conducted between 9 April and 8 May 2019. This student well-being profile consists of pooled average scores from the students, which highlight the following facts.

Top 6 Areas of Strength

  1. Financial stability – 95% indicated a high degree of financial stability at home
  2. Significant relationships – 91% reported a high presence of loving and supportive people to share life with
  3. Gratitude – 89% have high levels of appreciation for people, and events that have happened in their lives
  4. Support – 88% have someone who will be there for them when they have a problem
  5. Exercise – 81% exercise at least one hour each day
  6. Goals – 81% have a clear idea of how they can achieve their goals.

Top 4 Areas for Improvement



38% of pupils reported less than 8 hours of sleep per night. These are the boys most likely to feel tired during the day, impacting on their learning.



64% reported high tendencies to think about past experiences over and over again, which is considered unhealthy.



46% indicated they are more likely to hide their emotions from other which can also be an unhelpful strategy for regulating emotions over time.


Sedentary activities:

34% reported spending 5 hours or more per day enjoying in sedentary activities such as watching television, doing homework or playing computer games.

The findings of the report will inform the School Improvement Plan 2019-22, and the Personal Development Programmes. The survey will be repeated in 2021-22.

If you have any questions or comments about the survey, please contact the senior teacher leading the pupils’ well-being programme at RBAI, Mr Jack Allen, in the first instance.

J Williamson, MA (Oxon); NPQH

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