Education secretary Nicky Morgan vows focus on pupil wellbeing

Posted On: 
4th July 2015

Schools must take care not to “ratchet up the pressure” on children, the Education Secretary has said.

In an interview with The Times, Nicky Morgan said that students could only achieve strong academic results if they have “good mental health, character and resilience”.

She told the paper: “There is no point in having a generation of academically able students who are very unhappy. We want students to fulfil their potential both academically and in terms of their mental wellbeing.”

Ms Morgan’s comments come as a new report by the National Teachers’ Union warned that some young children are “in complete meltdown” over exam pressure, with NUT general secretary Christine Blower saying there is “growing pressure on children to do things before they are ready”.