One of England’s biggest academy chains is testing pupils’ mental health using an AI (artificial intelligence) tool which can predict self-harm, drug abuse and eating disorders, Sky News can reveal.
A leading technology think tank has called the move “concerning”, saying “mission creep” could mean the test is used to stream pupils and limit their educational potential.
This month, 50,000 schoolchildren at 150 schools will take the online psychological test, called AS Tracking, including 10,000 Academies Enterprise Trust pupils
Neil Woods led part of the Academies Enterprise Trust pilot of AS Tracking, in Tendring Technology College in Essex. He says that since introducing it the college has seen a 20% decrease in self harm.
“We’ve had a number of students where this has really significantly helped,” he says. “There is a mental health crisis, we know that. This tool is not going to solve it, but it’s going to help us identify those students who may need the support.”
Read more about the test Artificial intelligence being used in schools to detect self-harm and bullying
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