Promoting positive mental health during the exam period
May 19, 2017
As exam season gets underway, many pupils feel pressure to achieve the top results to secure school, college or University places or to meet expectations from themselves, family or peers. This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and school leaders, including those governing should use this as an opportunity to consider the effects of exams on student wellbeing.
This academic year, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) have carried out 3,135 counselling sessions for young people concerned about exams. This represents an 11% rise compared to the previous two years. Of any pupil groups, secondary school children (aged 12-15) are most likely to seek help. However, there has also been a 21% increase in the number of 16-18 year olds receiving counselling support (particularly those taking A-levels).