Mental Health and Wellbeing:
Developing a Positive Mindset to Promote Academic Success

A popular INSET day choice, designed for all teachers responsible for supporting student’s academic success and positive wellbeing. It is a practically based INSET, which will provide teachers with techniques and approaches that they can use immediately with students to deal with stress, maintaining positive mental wellbeing, particularly in the run-up to exams.

Sessions could break down as follows:

Session 1: Examining the research

  • Explore and discuss the research regarding the link between student wellbeing and achievement
  • Discuss – how do we currently support out students’ wellbeing during exam time?
  • Explore examples of whole school approaches

Session 2: Practical approaches to supporting students with managing stress

  • Practically explore effective tools that can be used immediately to support students with stress during high pressure times in particular during exam preparation

Session 3: Planning session = examiner practical and creative ways of integrating this technique into lessons and across the curriculum

Session 4: How to develop a growth mindset in students so they become capable and resilient when faced with challenges

  • How to conduce 1:1 conversations
  • Explore scaling and solution focused approaches
  • Effective questioning and identifying ways forward for a coachee
  • Practice Progressive Muscular Relaxation as a way to aid relaxation and support wellbeing