Prelate slams testing

23rd October 2009 at 01:00

The Archbishop of Canterbury, has attacked the "oppressive climate" in state schools, which he says has been created by an obsession with testing and unsupportive inspection.

Dr Rowan Williams told a gathering of Church of England academy principals at Lambeth Palace that there is an atmosphere of "frantic concern" in most schools as they try to comply with different directives.

"All of this gives a clear message about the priority of tightly measurable achievement over personal or spiritual or emotional concerns," he said.

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