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School Survey Shows Increasing Numbers of Primary Students Seriously Stressed By Tests
Pupils should have more time for well-being, say MPs (CCSS Level: Grade 9, Words: 459)
May 4, 2017 Style & Living
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Primary school children sitting national curriculum assessment are showing increased signs of stress and anxiety around exam time, with some suffering sleeplessness and panic attacks, according to a survey of England's school leaders. Eight out of 10 primary school leaders (82%) who took part in the survey, reported an increase in mental health issues among primary school children around the time of the exams.

One child was said to have lost all their eyelashes out of stress, while others worried about academic failure and some had to be comforted after being found sobbing during their exams, according to teachers who participate in the survey.

The survey, details of which were related on Monday, a week before children are to sit controversial national standardised tests in English and maths know as SATs, coincided with the launch of a highly critical report on primary assessment by the Commons cross-party education committee.

Key findings:
• Schools and colleges struggle to provide adequate time and resource for pupil's well-being, according to the Health and Education Committees in a joint report.
• The Committee say an increasing number of education providers are having to cut back on mental health services, such as in-school counsellors, despite a growing prevalence of mental ill health among children and young people.
• The report notes that half of all cases of mental illness in adult life start before the age of 15 and that one in 10 children aged between 5-16 have had a diagnosed mental disorder.
• Schools and colleges have a front line role in promoting and protecting children and young people's mental health and well-being but, the Government also has a significant part to play.

Chair of the House of commons Health Committee, Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, said: "With half of all mental illness starting before 15, and three quarters by aged 18, the Government and educators must ensure sufficient time is allowed for activities in schools and colleges that develop the life-long skills children and young people need to support their wellbeing. "

"Children seem far more stressed, " said one school leader who participated in the survey. "We have to provide more support to our pupils especially around assessment time. In last year's reading test two children sobbed when they started the reading paper and had to take time out before returning to their seats."

It warns that using SAT results as part of a school's accountability measures is creating a "high-stakes" system of testing which is damaging teaching and learning in primary school. It's also says the SATs, as they currently operate, are affecting the wellbeing of both pupils and teachers and it calls on the next government to lower the stakes by limiting what is reported in school annual performance tables.

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