Is our target driven school system damaging children’s wellbeing?

Site Administrator
7 Nov 2011

On Tuesday 8th November 2011, the YoungMinds Annual Debate will examine whether our target driven school system is damaging children’s mental health and wellbeing.

The evening will also see the launch of YoungMinds in Schools – a two year programme funded by the Department for Education aiming to improve the outcomes for children and young people with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties.

The YoungMinds Annual Debate will be chaired by BBC Home Editor, Mark Easton and feature panellists:

  • Fiona Millar, journalist and education campaigner
  • Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Arts
  • Karen Robinson, Head of Education and Equality at the National Union of Teachers
  • Ian Morris, Head of Wellbeing at Wellington College
  • Adele Eastman, Senior Policy Specialist at the Centre for Social Justice

Sarah Brennan, Chief Executive of YoungMinds, said:

“Young people constantly tell us of the pressures they experience at school to succeed and how constant testing makes them feel pressurized and anxious. The increase in the number of calls to our Parent’s Helpline this year about exam stress also demonstrates the difficulties we are creating for young people in our school system.

"We have to address how this may be damaging children’s wellbeing and creating yet more mental health problems in a generation of young people already worried about dismal future job prospects.”

YoungMinds has received two years funding from the Department for Education (DfE) through its Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) programme for the YoungMinds in Schools project.

YoungMinds in Schools seeks to maximise the potential to positively influence the emotional wellbeing and mental health of the whole school community, adults and children, as well as addressing the specific needs of pupils identified as having behavioural, emotional and social difficulties (BESDs).

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