In a recent survey 90% of school leaders reported an increase of students experiencing anxiety or stress over the last five years. The same study found that 80% of young people have reported that exam pressure has significantly impacted on their mental health.

Research shows that pupils who can set goals, manage stress and organise their school work achieve higher grades. Studies also show that Pupils who use problem-solving skills to overcome obstacles also do better academically. It is becoming increasingly more apparent that schools have a crucial role to play in supporting the development of these key skills that promote academic achievement alongside emotional wellbeing and resilience for all.

This new course is designed for all those responsible for supporting student’s academic success and positive wellbeing. The course will provide teachers with a range of techniques and approaches that can be used immediately to support students and indeed colleagues with dealing with stress and maintaining positive mental wellbeing.


Participants will:

  • Examine the latest OFSTED criteria regarding mental health and wellbeing in schools and explore the research regarding the link between student wellbeing and achievement
  • Explore effective tools that can be used immediately to support students with stress during high pressure times in particular during exam preparation
  • Gain skills in leading exercises and workshops that involve using positive psychology approaches, relaxation and physical exercises that support student positive mental wellbeing
  • Engage in practical sessions which they can use in school or college to improve student wellbeing
  • Develop Coaching skills for dealing with students and staff to support action planning and solution-focused approaches
COURSE DATES London Tuesday 2 July 2019
  • Senior Leaders
  • Heads of Year
  • Heads of Department
  • Teacher responsible for wellbeing in schools Leaders of PSHE curriculum
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues



10.00 – 10.45am: Examining and utilising the research

  • Examine the most recent Ofsted guidance on Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Explore the research between student well-being and academic achievement
  • Workshop: how do we currently support our student’s wellbeing?
  • Explore examples of successful whole school approaches
  • Gain an understanding of how to determine what interventions students need and the importance of signposting

10.45 – 11.00am: Coffee break


11.00 – 12.00pm: Practical approaches to supporting students with managing stress

Delegates will gain an understanding of how to support students to:

  • Understand their own stress and recognise physical symptoms
  • Use breathing exercises to calm nerves or anxiety
  • Make sense of anxious thoughts-exploring the distortions and gaining perspective
  • Develop positive self-talk techniques
  • Utilise visualisation tools to support revision and exam preparation
  • Engage with mindfulness techniques to develop focus and concentration

12.00 – 12.30pm: Planning how to integrate these techniques into your school

  • Examine practical and creative ways of integrating these techniques into lessons and across the curriculum

12.30 – 1.30pm: Lunch


1.30 – 2.15pm: Exploring resources for use in PSHE and pastoral time to support stress management and wellbeing

Delegates will gain an understanding through a practical workshop of how to support students to:

  • Understand their relationship with social media and its impact on them as individuals
  • Develop positive self-talk techniques
  • Enhance their assertiveness – practical resources for the classroom
  • Use Time Management and Goal Setting skills during times of high stress Delegates will explore a scheme of work that they can take away that includes 6 lessons to support students in the lead up to exams

2.15 – 2.30pm: Coffee break


2.30 – 3.30pm: Developing wellbeing coaching skills to support students and colleagues

In this final section delegates will have a chance to develop their coaching skills in order to support conversations with staff and students regarding wellbeing. This section will cover:

  • How to conduct 1:1 conversations with students and colleagues using the GROW model of coaching to structure 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

Steve Burnage

Having spent over 25 years teaching and leading challenging secondary schools across the UK, Steve is a sought after as an expert practitioner, consultant and trainer in senior and middle school leadership, outstanding learning and teaching, positive behaviour management, engaging with data and assessment, performance management, staff development, coaching and mentoring and the performing arts.

Steve writes, delivers and hosts training and consultancy in schools, colleges, academies and conference venues throughout the UK, Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East; and he is proud to be able to list all notable CPD, training and consultancy providers in the UK amongst his clients. Internationally, Steve provides training and consultancy to British Schools in the Middle East (BSME). The Council of International Schools; and the COBIS Group of international schools.

Student Wellbeing