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Understanding and Supporting Anxious Students

A one day masterclass with Dr Pooky Knightsmith

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Suitable for: This course is suitable for teachers or support staff from primary or secondary schools. SENDCos and other middle or senior leaders will also find the course invaluable.

Phases suitable for:

  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Further Education
  • Special

Course Reference: 8387WW
Price: £349.00 + VAT or hold in-house
10am - 4pm Book Now

Without the right understanding and support, anxiety can seriously impact on students lives and learning. By the end of the day you’ll understand the what, why and who of anxiety and its many forms. Working closely with Pooky and drawing on your own experience, you’ll develop a wide range of strategies you can use to work alongside anxious pupils, enabling them to cope and thrive.

  • Understand anxiety’s causes, effects and how things feel for affected students
  • Learn healthy coping strategies that enable students to help themselves
  • Help students break the cycle of anxious thinking using basic CBT techniques
  • Explore what works for emotionally based school avoidance
  • Prevent test anxiety and exam stress from impeding student performance
  • Receive a free copy of “Cards Against Anxiety” by Pooky Knightsmith


Understanding anxiety: what is it, why does it happen, how does it feel?
  • What is anxiety, who does it affect and what forms can it take?
  • Understand how anxiety impacts on learning and life
  • How can we build resilience in all students as well as supporting students who are struggling?
Creating calm and questioning anxious
  • How to develop healthy coping skills in all students
  • Explore a range of calming and relaxation strategies as well
  • Understand the basics of cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Utilising what works clinically to help students address anxious thinking patterns.
Emotionally based school avoidance (school refusal)
  • Understanding and breaking the cycle by working alongside the student and their family
  • What works well – learning from case studies
  • What not to do, common pitfalls to avoid
Exam stress
  • Teaching students to manage the anxiety related to testing and exams
  • The positives of exam stress
  • Supporting in the run up to exams
  • Enabling peak performance on the day of exams

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