How can it be said that the mental health of students will improve by returning to school? One of our leading newspapers reported that in the annual Good Childhood Report from the Children’s Society more than a third of 15-year-olds scored low on life satisfaction. They also fared badly across happiness measurement including satisfaction with school friends and sense of purpose. Possible causes quoted were Uk child poverty and school pressures along with fear of failure. The Uk were tenth in a list of European Countries. Also fifteen year olds had the greatest fear of failure across 24 European countries assessed by OECD Programme for International Assessment. Schools are frightened of failure who in turn pass that pressure onto teachers who then pass that onto students. Education is not about students being happy and satisfied about with what they can achieve but it is a constant drive for exam results. The school day is a constant rush from beginning to the end. Society is to blame for this as the behaviour of a small minority of students have forced schools to compress the school day. The internet, constant television, games consoles and the idea that everything must be entertaining have reduced the focus and concentration span of pupils to an absurdly short period of time. Now we have no gap between lessons, a shorter lunch break (or as one member of staff called it ‘the great sandwich dash’) and no 15 minute break on the morning (this shows you how long I have been teaching). Even with the changes, in many schools, we still have noise, bad behaviour and pupils who try to talk constantly. What is the solution? The way schools and the curriculum are structured I cannot see one. Maybe some of you have suggestions. To say that some schools achieve a high degree of academic success to some extent is true but many staff over the years, from different subjects, have stated that in the last forty years the academic rigour of exams has dropped by possibly 25% or more.