As pupils across the country start their GCSE exams this week, today’s blog looks at measures the government has taken to reduce exam burdens for pupils.
Today, Tuesday, 15 May, the Victoria Derbyshire Programme ran a segment on exam stress, looking at some of the ways in which schools help.
We are clear that in order for pupils to be successful, rigorous examinations are vital. They are not, however, intended to cause significant anxiety. We have taken action to reduce examination burdens for young people which is why at GCSE level we have removed the incentives for multiple resits and at A level have made the exams linear with no January assessment window.
Making sure children and young people get the right support when they need it is imperative, which is why we have allocated £300 million of funding to transform mental health services.
The best schools create a happy, safe and supportive environment, so that pupils can fulfil their potential. We trust teachers and leaders to work with their students and promote positive mental wellbeing.
The department wishes everyone taking exams all the best.