This may be controversial but hear me out. All nations strive to be the best in their education systems, after all, it’s only natural that we want the best for our children and the best for us as a nation moving forward. But what if we’ve got it all wrong? Many nations, such as Australia, USA, UK, Korea… put a lot of weight into their testing processes and even create league tables for the results. A school is generally believed to be doing well if its test results are good. However, none of these countries sit at the top of the table; the nation which is believed to have the very best education system is Finland – and they have NO standardised tests! In fact, Finland only has a single test, and this is voluntary, at the end of high school. So, why are we testing? Are we testing our teaching or have we become nations which teach kids to pass a test? I only bring this up because the students are currently undergoing two whole weeks of testing, so make sure you check in with them to see how they’re going and that they’re not too stressed out by what appears to be a very important process.