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Exam season and wellbeing support

As exam season is now under way, Laura Ralph looks at how schools can support pupils who are feeling the pressure around their assessments

This time of year can be stressful for pupils and teachers alike. Exams can be a source of worry and expectation for both parties, so it is important that schools are promoting positivity and wellbeing.

The new GCSE grading system has been another source of anxiety, with many school leaders expressing their concerns. There have also been press reports of pupils “breaking down in class” and “crying in the toilets” in the lead up to this year’s exams.

While many schools host revision groups, provide counselling and work with parents to support pupil wellbeing throughout the year, extra measures can be helpful at this particularly stressful time. Below we provide some tips on strategies and resources to help you navigate this period and boost support for pupils.

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