Exam stress creating ‘troubled generation’, says ex-civil service chief

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“Addiction to exams” is causing a worrying decline in teenagers’ mental health, warns Gus O’Donnell, the former head of the UK civil service.

He suggests that an over-reliance on exam results to measure academic success, coupled with current social trends such as overuse of various types of social media and a reduction in mental health services for teenagers, is leading to a potential mental health crisis.

A very timely and interesting discussion, with O’Donnell even explaining how Brexit may possibly be playing a role in this situation.

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