Unfair and unecessary exam stress
Rescue Our Schools is calling for an urgent inquiry into the mental health impact of the new GCSEs, reinforcing calls from the cross-party health and education committees of MPS for an assessment of the impact of exams on young people. We launched our petition, calling for action from the secretary of state for education, Damian Hinds.
We conducted our own research which indicated that this year’s GCSE students in state schools across England experienced unprecedented levels of stress. We asked how parents and teachers thought their sons, daughters and pupils had been affected by the new exams. They have been made deliberately harder, with more content to learn and then memorise because most coursework has been removed from the curriculum.
Please sign and share our petition today.
People are mobilising against needless turmoil in state education. They want schools rooted in their communities, where teachers are trusted as professionals and every child can flourish. Now is the time for families and communities to speak out.
Here are the six points of our manifesto:
- INVEST IN ALL OUR FUTURES
- PROVIDE INCLUSIVE EDUCATION FOR ALL
- PROMOTE EDUCATION OVER EXAM FACTORIES
- DEVELOP CREATIVITY IN ALL ITS FORMS
- LET EXPERT EVIDENCE INFORM POLICY
- ENSURE LOCAL ACCOUNTABILITY FOR ALL SCHOOLS