Charity YoungMinds says there is a mental health crisis in classrooms, with exam results being prioritised over student wellbeing.
The charity are calling on the government today to rebalance the education system – so there is a greater awareness and focus placed on pupil happiness and wellbeing.
YoungMinds carried out a number of surveys with teachers and parents, revealing that 82% of teachers agree that the focus on exams has become disproportionate to the overall wellbeing of students, while 70% think that the government should rebalance the education system to focus more on student wellbeing.
Furthermore, 73% of parents would choose a school where children are happy even if previous exams have not been good, and 93% of parents think that schools have a duty to support the wellbeing and mental health of students.
Sarah Brennan, Chief Executive of YoungMinds, said: “There is a mental health crisis in our classrooms. Children and young people today face a huge range of pressures, from exam stress to cyberbullying to finding a job when they finish education, and all the evidence suggests that the situation is getting wors
“Schools are critical in helping prevent mental health problems escalating, in building wellbeing and resilience and helping young people learn the skills they need to cope in today’s world.
“Many schools are already doing excellent work, but too often they are hampered by competing pressures and a lack of resources. If the government is serious about tackling the crisis, it must rebalance the whole education system.”
The charity has launched its Wise Up campaign, alongside the National Children’s Bureau, and is calling on teachers, parents and pupils to sign an open letter to Theresa May, urging her to rebalance the system so that wellbeing can be a priority for all schools.