State of Education Report 2017 state-of-education-booklet-Final-WEB - Page 23

4. PUPIL WELLBEING Stress and anxiety among young people are on the rise, and pupils seem more fearful of what lies beyond school. Changes to the curriculum, assessment and accountability measures appear to be having a negative impact: fear of academic failure, in particular, has increased over the last two years, and most school leaders see a direct link between these system changes and a deterioration in pupils’ mental health and wellbeing. Schools are working with parents and training staff to spot early indicators of poor mental health, among many other interventions, but are calling for primary pupils in particular to be able to “enjoy school” and “not be pressured to perform”. 81% of school leaders worry more about pupils’ mental health during assessment periods now than they did two years ago JOIN THE DEBATE @THEKEYSL #STATEOFED 79% have noticed an increase in stress, anxiety and panic attacks among their pupils over the past two years 66% are working with parents to support pupils’ wellbeing PAGE 23