Survey finds 1 in 4 teenagers depressed

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2008/apr/24/mentalhealth.children

The Guardian reports that a mental health crisis in Britain’s secondary schools was revealed in a survey showing a quarter of young teenagers are frequently depressed.

The Children’s Society charity, which carried out the poll, said young people were being ground down by multiple pressures at home and school.

Its inquiry into what it feels like to be a child at the start of the 21st century found most young people want to be free from worry. But many said they were subjected to academic stress at school, peer group pressure from classmates and high expectations within the family. Bullying and an inferiority complex about the way they look were also cited as problems among children contacted by the inquiry. The charity questioned a representative sample of 8,000 children aged 14-16, and found 27% agreed with the statement: “I often feel depressed.”

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Focus on literacy and numeracy

 http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2008/04/23121910

The Scottish Government has announced that pupils will have the opportunity to take literacy and numeracy exams under the next generation of qualifications following a review of the national qualifications system.

Education Secretary Fiona Hyslop announced the review aimed at bringing exams into line with the Scotland’s new approach to learning and teaching, Curriculum for Excellence.

She said that current arrangements continue to work well for many young people but the system needs to be updated to meet the needs of the 21st Century.

New arrangements will:

·       Place a strong focus on literacy and numeracy skills

·       Reduce the current complexity of the system with Standard Grades and Intermediates being replaced by a new general qualification

·       Retain Highers which remain the ‘gold standard’ in Scotland’s education system and retain Access and Advanced Higher qualifications.