The Sun is reporting a study into primary school children undertaking SATs last year which found that nearly half were so nervous they couldn’t eat beforehand and some were even smoking cigarettes…
Primary school children are under such pressure to do well in SATS exams that they are using energy drinks and even cigarettes to cope, new research reveals.
Pupils aged ten and 11 are sitting the exams this week, which test them on knowledge of the National Curriculum.
A study of those who sat the test last year found 43 per cent could not eat beforehand, because they felt so nervous — while 2.5 per cent relied on energy drinks.
And one in 200 did not eat at all — but went into the exam having only smoked cigarettes.
Child psychology expert Emma Kenny from cereal firm Kellogg’s, which carried out the study, said: “They’re clearly not getting the vital emotional and practical support they need through a stressful time.”
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