11 May 2016
Commenting on statistics released by ChildLine, showing a rise in the number of schoolchildren worried about exam stress, Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:
“Teachers see very clearly the effect of stress on students and are reporting exam stress amongst school children from primary school upwards. Many relate it to the joyless exam factory approach this Government has towards education and the high-stakes nature of testing.
“Children and young people face so many pressures from social media and day-to-day life. Government education policy should not be adding to this. We have the most tested children in Europe and also some of the unhappiest in the world.
“We need to take a serious look at the rigid way in which Government policy dictates how we should educate children. If not, we are ensuring that children and young people will continue to bear unnecessary mental strains and stresses.”