Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Early to Bed Makes for a Happier Child; Instability at Home Costs Students Dear

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Early to Bed Makes for a Happier Child; Instability at Home Costs Students Dear

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Byline: Katie Davies

YOUNG people growing up in the North East without a daily routine, struggle at school and face lower self-confidence, a new report claims.

More than one in 10 youngsters living in the region say they didn't grow up in a stable environment, while more than a quarter say they didn't have a bedtime when they were children.

Research completed by the Prince's Trust Youth Index, suggests that these youths achieved lower school grades.

It shows that 21% of young people in Newcastle "always" or "often" feel down or depressed, while 46% feel stressed all or most of the time.

The research, based on interviews with 2,136 16-to-25-year-olds across the country, reveals that those with fewer than five A*-C grade GCSEs are significantly more likely to feel this way.

David Beavis, regional director of The Prince's Trust in the North East, said: "We know from our work with young people in Newcastle that 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. Our programmes, which include in-school xl clubs, give the hardest-to-reach young people intense, structured support - helping to prevent potential drop-outs and exclusions. Similarly, our Fairbridge programme builds self-esteem."

Meanwhile, according to the Youth Index, carried out by YouGov, one in five young people in Newcastle believe they didn't receive the support they needed at school.

One in four felt like they did not "belong" at school and those with poorer grades are more likely to feel this way.

STORIES OF INSPIRATION AND HOPE Sam Foster WITH no routine and little interest in her education, Samantha Foster lacked drive and enthusiasm.

In Year 8 she was permanently expelled from school, which limited her career options.

She said: "I just didn't like school.

"I didn't have a regular routine of studying at home so I never did any of my homework. I also started to play up in class and I ended up getting expelled which had a big effect on me."

But with the help of The Prince's Trust xl programme Samantha developed social skills, communication skills and established friendships with her peers. …

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