Exam time can be tough for students, teachers and families. Here’s a selection of resources and guidelines for all which include tips, tools and advice to support wellbeing, dealing with exam stress, and receiving exam results.
Anna Freud Centre and Early Intervention Foundation (EIF): Classroom wellbeing toolkit
A toolkit to help secondary school staff support students with their mental health. The resource, aimed at schoolteachers and other staff, covers five strategy areas on: building supportive relationships; responding to stress; and preventing bullying, cyberbullying and sexual harassment.
Bounce Forward: Understanding Emotions
A resource for teachers to use with their students to help boost positive emotions. Tools that can be used as part of everyday activity.
Charlie Waller: Healthy approach to exams
Practical strategies for young people, parents/carers, and teachers, in looking after students’ mental wellbeing during exam season.
Family Links the Centre for Emotional Health: Mental and Emotional Health in Schools: Effective Strategies and Support
Free CPD certified online course to help school staff recognise and respond to signs of poor mental health and support their own and other’s emotional health, increasing mental wellbeing in schools.
Mentally Health Schools: Academic and exam stress
Helpful advice for parents and school staff to help understanding exam stress and identify the signs.
Mind: Exam stress – for 11-18 year olds
Information for 11-18 year olds on exam stress, with advice on how to cope and where to go for support.
Ofqual publications: for exam guidance
Ofqual have updated a number of resources people may find helpful to have access to during and leading up to exam time: Ofqual Student Guide 2023 and Coping with exam pressure – a guide for students.
Place2Be: Navigating exam season – free resources
Place2Be have created some sheets full of helpful tips and practical advice to help young people, schools and families manage stress during exam season.
Student Minds: Exam stress
A range of things that you can do to help deal with the stress that you might be feeling.
YoungMinds: Dealing with exam stress
Pressure to do well in exams can be overwhelming and can affect your child’s mental health. Here’s some advice from YoungMinds if it’s all getting a bit too much.
Youth Sport Trust: Active in Mind
A suite of free resources and videos to support young people who are struggling to engage with learning and school life and supports their physical and mental health.