Happiness of state pupils is being sacrificed in obsessive race for exam results, says leading headteacher

Andrew Levy reports in the Daily Mail, 30/10/2013 on HMC Chairman's opening speech to the annual conference.

His report begins: "Children's happiness has been sacrificed in the obsessive race for exam results at state schools, a leading independent head teacher said yesterday. Dr Tim Hands, chairman of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference, said it was assumed that academic success would lead to happiness, not the other way round.

"Government education policy since the latter part of the 20th century had acted like a ‘dead restraining hand’, he argued, culminating in the ‘flawed’ reliance on school league tables."

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