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All national exams should be abolished for children under 16 because the stress caused by over-testing is poisoning attitudes towards education, according to an influential teaching body.

In a remarkable attack on the government’s policy of rolling national testing of children from the age of seven, the General Teaching Council is calling for a ‘fundamental and urgent review of the testing regime’. In a report it says exams are failing to improve standards, leaving pupils demotivated and stressed and encouraging bored teenagers to drop out of school.

The attack comes in a study submitted to the House of Commons education select committee and passed to The Observer. The council says that schoolchildren in England are now the most tested in the world, facing an average of 70 tests and exams before the age of 16. Standard Assessment Tests, or Sats, currently taken by children at the ages of seven, 11 and 14, should be abolished, it concludes.

It says: ‘The GTC continues to be convinced that the existing assessment regime needs to be changed.’

The submission, which has emerged as more than a million teenagers sit their GCSEs and A-levels, says teachers are being forced to ‘drill’ pupils to pass tests instead of giving a broad education.

Some are under such pressure from trying to keep schools at the top of league tables that they have gone further and fiddled results or helped children to cheat, according to Keith Bartley, chief executive of the council, the independent regulatory body set up by the government in 2000.

Edinson Cavani speaks out after the front three of PSG scores

Edinson Cavani feels it can get even better for PSG and their three attacking stars, despite a remarkable start to the season.

Edinson Cavani believes there is more to come from himself, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, even as PSG’s expensively assembled trio dominate in Ligue 1.

New signing Mbappe made a goalscoring debut, Cavani scored twice and Neymar also found the back of the net in PSG’s 5-1 rout of 10-man Metz on Friday.

It was the first time Cavani, €222million recruit Neymar – who has scored four goals since his arrival from Barcelona – and Mbappe lined up together, helping PSG extend their winning start to the Ligue 1 season to five matches for the first time in their history.

And Cavani – with seven goals in five league matches so far – feels it can get even better for PSG and their three attacking stars.

“I think we played well this evening. We were good in every area of the pitch,” Cavani told Canal

“Of course it’s difficult with 10 against 11, but we deserve the win because we played well. I feel good, despite the trip to play for my country. I always want to play if I can and the coach chose to pick me this evening, which is good for me.

“I always give my best, it’s positive for everyone, and we feel good on the pitch.

“Mbappe and Neymar are great players. We have a good understanding. I hope we’ll continue to improve.

End is the beginning

In our life, we always have a time when there’s no hope, no light and no way from getting out of that traumatic situation. Where there’s not a thing we’ve done to make things right, but all in vain

At that time we didn’t realised what we achieved today, is that the dilemma situation was never a situation, it was a cocoon. And then, we change. We turn into something more reliable, logical and excited.

As it is said in Hindi “ek patthar chot kha ke kankar kankar ho gaya, aur ek patthar chot seh ke Shankar Shankar ho gya” it means “a stone who couldn’t bear the beating turned into a bowlder and the same stone, if beared the pain, turned into a mighty God. The pain and the tears we suffer are the ones that defines what we are in real because if we survive the period with getting down but not out, we’ll turn out to be one of the greatest legacies ever made. #EndureAndSurvive

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain signs for Liverpool

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is an Arsenal player no more.

The winger’s six-year spell at the Emirates Stadium came to an end on Thursday as Liverpool concluded a deal that could reach £40m.

Speaking to Liverpool’s official website, Oxlade-Chamberlain said: “I’m currently away with England, so I’m at St George’s Park. Firstly, I’m delighted to have signed for Liverpool and a big thank-you to everyone here at the FA that has made this possible, using the facilities. It has been a massive help.

The move comes after Oxlade-Chamberlain turned down the chance to join the Premier League champions, Chelsea.

With one year remaining on his contract at Arsenal, the 24-year-old has been allowed to leave the club, who risked losing him for nothing next summer.

The Gunners can rightfully claim a solid piece of business, commanding a very large fee for a player who has seldom been a guaranteed starter during his time in London.

Liverpool fans will be very excited about their new acquisition, who adds more attacking menace to a side that have already brought in Mohamed Salah this window and clinched an agreement for RB Leipzig’s Naby Keïta to join next summer.

Liverpool are said to be still pursuing a deal for AS Monaco’s Thomas Lemar, while the insistence remains that they will not sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona before the transfer deadline closes on Thursday evening.

However, Mamadou Sakho, Lazar Markovic and Divock Origi could all leave the club.