“At one end of the scale we’ve got four-year-olds being tested, at the other end of the scale we’ve got teenagers leaving school and facing the prospect of leaving university with record amounts of debt. Anxiety is the fastest growing illness in under 21s. These things are not a coincidence.”
Child and adolescent hospital admissions for self-harm have doubled in the last four years and more young people than ever are calling ChildLine about exam stress. We are hearing more and more about the detrimental effects of rigorous testing and examination on children’s mental health, but is there a link? If so, what can we do about it? Is a rigorous schooling system merely a symptom of an ever quickening world? What else might be contributing to mental ill health among young people? Lots of questions here, any thoughts are very welcome.