SO exams are stressing pupils and blighting their lives. Headteacher Jo Fiddes describes them as “cruel”. They are, however, a preparation for life, which involves testing of many kinds – I recall the driving test as particularly stressful – and for difficult interviews which could have life changing results. However, what I have never seen is an article describing how stressful PE is to a child who has no interest in, and no capacity for, for example, contact sports. I am such a person, and I believe that lesson after lesson of PE undermined my self-confidence in one way (“never volunteer for anything”) and developed my ability to dodge to a high standard. Removal of this torture from the timetable for those of my opinion, or, better still, allowing a choice to involve music, drama, needlework, crafts (all under threat in a crowded curriculum) would be much more constructive. More