With exam stress mounting and the ever-present pressures of social media, are we failing our children?
Ever-amounting pressure to receive high grades, exacerbated by a culture of intense assessment, is harbouring a generation of pupils who are increasingly at risk of suffering immense stress.
Beset by worry, unsure of where to turn for mental health advice, troubled by exam stress and unable to switch off from a digital world which is increasingly consuming their free time, anxiety and stress is rife in teenagers. Continue reading “Stress, are we doing it all wrong?”
Every year, SATs results and other national testing shows that too many children and young people are not meeting expected levels in literacy, with 1 in 5 children leaving primary school below the national expected levels in reading, writing and mathematics.
If you cannot learn to read, you cannot read to learn, and too many children are unable to access the curriculum due to poor reading skills. It is these children who then become disengaged and leave school with few, or no qualifications, resulting in significantly reduced opportunities. Continue reading “Dyslexia: overlooked and left behind?”
When Dr Mary Bousted, the General Secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, spoke out early this year about sexist bullying in school that prevents girls participating fully in the classroom, there were several issues that she failed to touch upon.
Dr Bousted stated that girls often feel they have to decide between being attractive or clever because of sexist name calling in schools, and that there are multiple pressures on girls to be thin, attractive and compliant, making bright girls feel unfeminine. Continue reading “Sexism in schools: A misrepresented issue”