One4all survey finds 1 in 3 Irish adults still have nightmares about school reports and exams

A One4all survey has found that one in three Irish adults still have nightmares about school reports and exams, with one third of those surveyed admitting to hiding a school report, letter or exam results from their parents at least once.

It is reported that school reports and exams still haunt 34% of Irish adults, who said they still had nightmares about receiving reports and exam results. The most common theme for these nightmares was preparing to sit an exam (65%), while 22% said dreams of receiving their exam results gave them an uneasy night’s sleep.

40% of those polled said the dreams only affect them every few years, while one in ten said they reoccur on a monthly basis.

The survey also found that the majority of Irish adults preferred secondary school to primary school. Despite carrying more exam stress and regarded as being more difficult than primary school, 53% said they preferred post primary education because they made more friends and enjoyed the subjects more.

Interestingly, the thoughts of reports and parent-teacher meetings did not cause stress amongst parents in Ireland, with 65% saying they look forward to meeting their child’s teacher and 80% mentioning they have never received a negative school report.

Furthermore, one in three parents said that a teacher has provided them with an insight into their child’s life that they were not previously aware of.

Of those respondents, 35% said that the teacher revealed an insight relating to their child’s talents, 31% said that the teacher gave them an insight about their child’s behaviour and 21% said that the insight was regarding their child’s emotions.

Commenting on the survey findings Leanne Halpin, Group Marketing Manager at One4all Ireland, said – “From nurturing a student’s strengths to giving a parent an insight about their child that they may not have noticed, this research affirms the positive impact that teachers make in our children’s lives, offering support that often extends beyond the classroom.”


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