Yesterday a class of 25 Blackburn Central Year 10 students took part in the first of four sessions with Charlotte Hartley, an ex-England and GB hockey player, from the Youth Sport Trust, on developing their ability to deal with the stress of exam season.
Get Exam Fit is a package of support to help students build confidence, manage their physical and emotional wellbeing and achieve their potential in school exams.
The initiative supports progress and attainment across the whole school and tackles declining emotional wellbeing and resilience to enable young people to manage stress effectively.
Through the use of high profile athletes, Get Exam Fit aims to create a behaviour change in young people. It utilises athletes’ experiences of managing high-pressured situations and developing strategies to alleviate stress and anxiety. From a recent national pilot, it was found in a majority of cases there were reduced referrals to school-based wellbeing services, and a majority of pupils improved on their predicted GCSE grades.
The feedback from Charlotte on how the students engaged with the session was extremely positive, and she will be returning for more sessions next term.