Even a cursory glance at the media will reveal that talk in education is dominated by educational standards as measured by test results.
We are told that higher test scores is what is necessary to prepare our children to compete in the global economy and that that is a good thing.
Recently we have carried out enquiries with school pupils in both primary and secondary schools and they tell us that this focus on tests and assessment is causing them anxiety. We know that 1 in 10 children have mental health problems. Various strategies are proposed to build children’s resilience in the face of these pressures. Mindfulness programmes to teach them how to calm themselves down and manage their stress. This is a bit like shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted – we need to look at the systems that are causing this stress and change them, not expect children to change.