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We can make wonder women, not worriers

The best things in life are free – and that applies to the ways in which teachers can help girls’ lives become less burdensome and more joyous, says Jane Lunnon

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Late last year, research published by the Girl Guides suggested that girls as young as 8 are feeling the pressure of gender stereotyping. Amid much commentary on the “mental health crisis” besetting young people, girls in particular, alarming headlines accompanied the publication of the Millennium Cohort Study (researched by the University of Liverpool).

As a head, I am often asked why there is such a worrying decline in the mental health of young people and I do my best to answer. I talk about the impact of the commercialisation of childhood; exam pressure, inflated by league tables; of ...

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