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Social media and exams: the greatest pressures In some primary settings, the burden of accountability and performance measures felt at school level might be filtering down to Pupils are battling a wider range of pressures than five years ago, pupils, with 14% of leaders here saying that school expectations are according to more than nine in 10 (93%) school leaders. When we the greatest pressure on pupils. In secondary settings, 13% of leaders asked leaders what they consider to be the greatest pressure on think that uncertainty over the future is the greatest pressure. pupils today, social media came top for four in 10 (39%), followed by As we move towards an increasingly exam-focused system, it is examinations and tests for a quarter (26%). perhaps not surprising that four out of five (81%) school leaders worry What do you think is the greatest pressure on pupils today? more about pupils’ mental health during assessment periods now than they did two years ago. It is concerning that 83% are witnessing signs 39% Social media 26% of mental health issues increasing among pupils at these points (91% of secondary school leaders and 82% of primary leaders). Exams/tests “I worry more about pupils’ mental health during exam/ assessment periods now than two years ago” 2% 12% Peers 6% Uncertainty over their future Parental expectations 2% Don’t know 1% % 1% 30 Other Strongly agree Tend to agree 4% 3% <1% 6% School expectations 5% <1% Neither agree nor disagree Tend to disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know None How young people are perceived in the media Employment STATE OF EDUCATION 2017 | WWW.STATEOFED.THEKEYSUPPORT.COM PAGE 26