Lucy Powell, a Labour member of the Commons Education Select Committee and former shadow education secretary, used this afternoon’s Commons education questions to raise concerns about the tougher exams at the end of key stage 4. Tes reports
The MP highlighted fears about the impact of the reformed GCSEs on the mental health of pupils, during a question to education secretary Damian Hinds .
“Given that the Health and Education Select Committee recently found that one of the top causes of child mental health is this new exam regime, when will his department take action to assess the impact of the new GCSEs?”
Mr Hinds said the government takes the mental health of young people “extremely seriously”, citing its recent mental health green paper.
He added: “To be fair, I don’t think the concept of exam stress is entirely a new one, and at this time of year there is obviously a heightened stress among some young people.”
Ms Powell also suggested that Mr Hinds should force private schools to use the new reformed GCSEs.
The call followed reports that some independent schools are entering pupils for international GCSEs rather than the new GCSEs in the belief that they are easier.
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