It’s that time of year when traditionally the heat really gets turned up on year 11’s in schools across the country. With the pressure on schools to succeed more than ever due to increased government floor targets, exam boards shifting grade boundaries and the threat of a looming Ofsted, our children are beginning to find this period more stressful than ever. What used to once be a time that not so long ago lead up to ‘study leave’ has now been replaced with students been taken out of ‘less important’ lessons, extra classes after school, weekend booster sessions and intensive Easter holiday programmes. Add in the fact that one bad set of results in an Ofsted year could spell the end of a headteacher’s job and possibly career, and you’ve got a pressure cooker situation that our young people are now finding themselves in.
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