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Wellbeing in schools is being tossed aside in favour of exam elitism | Letter

Sep 2nd, 2017 by

My daughter took her own life after I failed to persuade her that getting top grades didn’t matter. Perhaps I failed because she could see that this wasn’t true

Last Thursday my clever 16-year-old daughter Rachel should have been getting her GCSE results. A picture taken at her school happens to illustrate one of your articles online; I recognise the children. But Rachel is not there.

Your coverage of the new GCSEs has rightly highlighted the error of focusing again on the brightest, most academic children, while doing a disservice to all of us by neglecting those who can excel at vocational qualifications.

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