Are risk-averse rules harming students’ mental health?

Things aren’t what they used to be: in some ways, this could be to the detriment of today’s children, writes John Tomsett

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Amanda Spielman, chief inspector of schools, recently said that teachers must stop trying “to wrap [pupils] in cotton wool”, because this leaves them ill-prepared for the challenges of later life.

Writing in The Telegraph, Spielman said that schools have to do more to “distinguish between real and imagined risk”. Ofsted will apparently train inspectors to ensure that schools are not rewarded for overbearing policies.

In many ways, Spielman is right. Things aren’t what they used to be.

I began school in the 1960s, at roughly the same time as our new head of Ofsted. My mates and I used to ...

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