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Exam anxiety is real. For many students, the experience of preparing for and taking high pressure exams, such as GCSEs, is fraught with anxiety. This has only worsened following the 2014 reforms to GCSEs and for some, it can have a lasting impact both academically and emotionally. As more and more students ask for help in order to cope, this webinar will help senior leaders, academic heads and wellbeing leads to understand the reasons why. Presenting findings from a 16-year programme of research, this webinar will look at the origins of exam anxiety, how prevalent it is and the in-house prevention methods schools can use to help manage it effectively.

Learning Outcomes

  • Differentiating between exam stress and exam anxiety

  • Why do some students, but not others, become anxious in exams?

  • The impact of exam anxiety on exam performance and wellbeing

  • How many students experience high levels of exam anxiety

  • Using cognitive-behavioural principles to manage exam anxiety

  • Findings from a randomised-control trial of a cognitive-behavioural intervention

David Putwain

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David Putwain

Foremost authority in psychology and the factors influencing student performance and achievement
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Definitely gave me further insight into exam stress / anxiety with students. Some techniques we are already implementing but the idea of screening students to put in appropriate intervention is definitely something I will take back to SLT.
Lynne Wiblin, Exams & Cover Manager - Walton Academy

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