Exam season is looming and many pupils will be feeling the pressure. Clare Stafford looks
at ideas for offering emotional support in the run-up to and during the exam period

A certain degree of worry is natural for pupils taking exams but there are simple steps that we can take to ensure that this does not escalate beyond what is healthy.

A series of booklets, produced by the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust (CWMT) in association with HeadStart Wolverhampton, is designed to support pupils’ mental wellbeing before, during and after their GCSEs.

There are three booklets in the series – one for pupils, one for teachers and one for parents. Written by CWMT trainer Rachel Welch, they take an informal but reassuring approach, with plenty of practical tips.

The teachers’ guide offers short-term advice to help your students prepare and tips for how you can support their emotional wellbeing during the exams. It also offers some long-term preparation tips, which you might consider using with next year’s GCSE cohort.

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