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Childrens mental health as important as academic success.

Childrens mental health as important as academic success.

‘My brain won’t let me sleep,’ wept my six-year-old daughter as she cried inconsolably in my arms last night. Since starting Year Two in September, my normally happy little girl has become tired, emotional, tearful and despite being exhausted, struggling to get to sleep. While she enjoys school – the sheer amount of academic work being thrown at her and her peers on a daily basis appears to be taking it’s toll. The problem is that teachers are under so much pressure from the government to get children to achieve a certain level at a certain time, that no sooner have pupils learnt one thing, they are on to the next giving them no time to take it all in and develop confidence in that area. With this alongside weekly home work, is it any wonder my daughter is unable to switch her brain off at bedtime?


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