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Self-management skills


Self-management refers to our ability to set and achieve goals, overcome challenges and control our emotions and behaviour. This indicator  measures children and young people's ability to recognise and regulate their behaviour in a range of situations.

Self-management in early childhood is closely associated with language development and the ability to express oneself. This helps provide an environment that nurtures brain development in the critical stages.

For children and young people, self-regulation not only supports better learning outcomes, it is closely associated with better social, health and economic outcomes across the life-course.

Research shows that young children’s self-control skills — such as conscientiousness, self-discipline and perseverance — can predict their health, wealth and criminal history in later life regardless of IQ or social background.

This indicator relates to the 'learning and developing' outcome.

How will we measure this?

  • This indicator will be measured using aggregated data relating to organisation, productiveness and responsibility, drawn ffrom the first Youth Health and Wellbeing Survey - 'WhatAboutMe?'. Baseline data from the survey is expected in 2021.

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Last updated: 
Thursday, 23 July 2020