STEPS: Strategies for Tackling Exam Pressure and Stress

Area of development: Social, Emotional and Mental Health

Age/phase: Key Stage 4 / Post 16

Delivered with: Individual young person or small group (up to 4 pupils)

Cost: Pay as you go: £375 (group)/£350 individual pupil or within contract equivalent: 1 day of your contracted time

Start dates: bookings now being taken for the Autumn Term. If you would like to discuss a programme during the summer term please contact Heather Minshull, Senior Educational Psychologist: [email protected]



Pupil will have devised strategies and resources to be able to help them plan their time and prepare for their exams. Pupils’ self reported levels of anxiety and stress will be reduced and they will feel equipped to prepare and manage their time and performance before and during examinations.


Specific programme requirements: as a number of sessions are IT based, we ask that you provide access to an interactive whiteboard and projector, in a quiet room.

This is a 5-session programme delivered by an Assistant Psychologist supervised closely by a Senior Educational Psychologist for young people about to undertake examinations.  This can be delivered to a small group of pupils or can be adapted for one to one work with a vulnerable young person.

Developed by psychologists working at Edge Hill University, the intervention is aimed at students with high levels of anxiety around exam performance within Key Stage 4 and Sixth Form settings.

The programme involves a number of IT based modules including anxiety management, relaxation techniques, facilitative discussions and related homework exercises between sessions. The programme has been evaluated as working best with students who already have a degree of motivation for change.  Sessions last for around 50 minutes and we aim to work with students for five weeks.  We will seek to evaluate pre and post intervention and provide a summary document when the intervention is completed.