Tackling Anxiety in Schools

Thursday 30th September 2021

  • #UKEdChat session 572
  • Anxiety can have a devastating impact on learning.
  • Schools and teachers are beginning to develop a culture to tackle anxiety
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Schools are one of the most socially dynamic environments that we are likely to find ourselves in. Gossip and half-truths permeate the corridors even more than Tuesday’s Fish Surprise emanating from the school canteen. Most of us can attest that simply being a young person is stressful enough, even before one considers the challenges of the classroom, tests, and homework.

With our young people even more attuned to the world around them, with anxiety brought about by climate change, FoMo, Social Media, not to mention a certain pandemic, and it is unsurprising that many of our learners feel anxious. While some pressure over the short-term can in some circumstances be useful, chronically heightened stress and high cortisol levels over the long term are damaging. While schools will probably never be calm and tranquil places, there are ways to reduce stress for both learners and teachers which will benefit everyone.

In this #UKEdChat session, which took place on Thursday 30th September 2021 at 8pm(UK), we discussed how schools may reduce anxiety, what individual teachers can do to make the classroom a less stressful place, and how to establish better communication to ensure that things that are causing anxiety are known about.

Questions

  1. How does anxiety impact on education?
  2. Do you think anxiety is an issue in your school?
  3. What are the main factors causing anxiety in our young people?
  4. What factors are completely outside of teachers’ control when it comes to anxiety?
  5. What one thing can schools do to reduce anxiety in our young people?
  6. What have you or could you do to improve anxiety levels in your own classroom?
  7. What support from senior leaders would you like to see to improve anxiety levels in our schools?
  8. What is the role of technology in anxiety levels in our young people? How could technology help?

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Martin Burrett is the editor of our popular UKEdMagazine, along with curating resources in the ICTMagic section, and free resources for teachers on UKEd.Directory

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