One former headteacher and one headteacher give their opposing views about the schools minister’s controversial suggestion that children would benefit from more exams: 'Yes to more tests: More formal exams will leave students feeling like they’ve done this before, and can do it again' ‘Why wouldn’t we ease children into the habit of low-stakes but “formal” exams, instead of dropping them in the deep end when the important ones come around? Headteachers and their teams aren’t sadists looking to make kids miserable by testing – they do it to help them when the time comes. Getting used to sitting in the big exam hall, learning to write quickly and under pressure, to manage time and to keep answers as concise and clear as possible – all of these vital exam skills and more can be developed through end-of-year exams or whatever. They can be done in an environment where it’s OK to make errors and learn from them, with minimal fuss. (Probably as much of the benefits to resilience will emerge from making mistakes as from successes.)’ https://www.tes.com/news/school-new...rmal-exams-will-leave-students-feeling-theyve 'No to more tests: We have created a world in which every formal examination has become a source of anxiety' ‘…I won’t sign up to Mr Gibb’s idea. As teachers have been saying since the advent of the national curriculum – to the despair of hawkish ministers – you don’t fatten a pig by constantly weighing it. Given the pressure on young people from so many directions, practice will not make exams perfect: nor will it render them innocuous. The adverse effects of frequent testing on young people’s mental health are evident to every teacher. We have created a world in which every formal examination has become an ordeal or a source of anxiety. Multiplying them will not somehow dilute that pressure. On the contrary, it is far more likely to ramp it up still further.’ https://www.tes.com/news/school-new...reated-a-world-which-every-formal-examination What are your views on this topic?