The recent news media have been reporting on how students as young as Year 2 are now expected to do SATs revision at home, and how head teachers are suggesting 7 hours a day of exam revision for secondary students over the school breaks. BBC has likened some of the current focus on rote-learning techniques to the harsh world of Dickens and his Hard Times’ superintendent Thomas Gradgrind. The Guardian reports at least weekly on how the ‘perverse’ system is failing students and teachers alike, promoting burnout and leaving students ill-equipped to deal with the requirements of higher education and the workplace, where resilience, team work, creativity and presenting are highly valued.
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