As a result, more and more children and young people are being diagnosed with depression and the levels of unhappiness are soaring. The latest NEU survey of over 8,000 teachers connected to the mental health of children and young people showed 83% had seen an increase in the number of pupil/student mental health problems in the past two years.

“Education policy dictated by Government and based on the presumption that everything that can be learnt should be measured, is pushing schools and students to the limit. Testing starts as young as four-years-of-age and continues through primary and secondary. Teachers at every stage of children and young people’s education have to be less concerned about the individual and more about hitting Ofsted and Governments ever-changing targets. The end result? Many stressed children, who see their value and the value of education only in terms of the level they have reached.

“The English education system is badly in need of new thinking. We need a curriculum that is more relevant, inclusive and creative.  Many organisations from the CBI to the TUC are also calling for a different approach to education and the NEU fully supports them.”



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