We have developed four workshops aimed at helping teachers to reduce the stress and anxiety that many students feel around exams.
The four workshops that we have developed are aimed at secondary school staff and will teach psycho-education before going on to teach you strategies to use in your classroom that will enable students to have a positive approach to exams and reduce the worry. These workshops can be delivered individually as a twilight session or as part of a day's INSET, or all four can be delivered as a full day's INSET training.
Understanding your audience - Learning about the Teenage Brain
Understanding what is going on in the brain of an adolescent is eye-opening and helps you as a teacher to have a more in-depth understanding of their behaviour and some of the perhaps illogical choices they make! This psycho-education focuses on the role of dopamine, neural growth and pruning, the under-developed prefrontal-cortex and also explains why the brains of teenagers are primed for the impact of mobile phone use, staying up late and their obsession with FOMO. Teachers, you need this information!
Teaching revision strategies to reduce stress
This workshop will focus on the importance of creating manageable revision plans and how to teach and role model a variety of revision techniques, as well as explaining the psychology behind them and why they are effective. The workshop provides a useful space in which to reflect on practices within your school and offers practical advice and discussion for how to embed study and revision skills more at the heart of your teaching and learning.
Supporting Students with exam anxiety
This workshop will give an overview of anxiety (the bio-psychology); we will then look at what not to do and finally how to support a student struggling with exam anxiety. It is worth noting that students who are having professional support for anxiety often report they don't have the study skills necessary to help reduce anxiety.
10 ways to improve classroom wellbeing
We will end the day with a practical workshop looking at how we can use psychological research to improve the wellbeing of everyone in the classroom without adding to your workload.