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Pupils are stressed enough without schools firing a barrage of tests at them

Mark Bain



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Testing time: Schoolchildren sitting an exam

Testing time: Schoolchildren sitting an exam

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Testing time: Schoolchildren sitting an exam

"That's not fair". It's the common call of the teenager when things don't go exactly the way they anticipated, and the cry has risen once more.

But care must be taken we don't fall into the trap of 'the boy who cried wolf'. This time it's not about whether someone is spending too long on their phone, or has left their bedroom in a mess. It's about futures, and the shape those futures take has been entrusted to schools and widely documented teacher-assessed grades.


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