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(UK) Schools are seeing "increasing complexity of special educational needs"

April 26, 2018, (UK) Independent: One in five children could be at risk of mental health issues, study suggests—‘The accountability agenda means there is increasing pressure on teachers and therefore on pupils to achieve more’ https://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/childrens-mental-health-risk-wellbeing-gl-assessment-study-a8324181.html Almost one in five children could be at risk of mental health issues later in life, according to research. Nearly a fifth (19 per cent) of youngsters show signs of low self-worth and doubt their learning abilities – which a new report argues are strong indicators that a child’s wellbeing is at risk. … More than one in 20 children (6 per cent) exhibit extremely poor attitudes to their learning and have very low self-regard, making them especially vulnerable, the study found. Jonny Benjamin, a mental health campaigner, wrote in the report: “I believe there is more worry and pressure on children than ever and it’s starting younger.”… He told The Independent: “For children and young people in schools, the accountability agenda means there is increasing pressure on teachers and therefore on pupils to achieve more. “This is happening at the same time as increasing complexity of special educational needs (SEN) and reduced resources in schools, as well as less access to external support services such as Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).” …