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SATs: Protecting pupil wellbeing

Pastoral issues SATs
As another year begins, Laura Ralph looks at how schools might support those pupils who are facing SATs this year and who might soon begin to feel the pressure around their assessments

As the academic cycle begins for another year, it could be a good time to reflect on pupil wellbeing and whether there is any further support your school could offer around assessment periods for the 2017/18 academic period.

Exams can be a source of worry and expectation for both pupils and teachers alike, so it’s important that schools are promoting positivity and wellbeing during assessment time as well as throughout the year.

Findings from The Key’s 2017 State of Education survey, reveal that more than four in five (82 per cent) primary school leaders see signs of mental health issues increase among their pupils during exam periods. School leaders also report having seen a rise in fear of academic failure among their pupils over the last two years.

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