Emotions play an important role in how we think and behave, compelling us to act and influence the decisions we make about our lives. Exploring these emotions within an educational context surrounding exam stress, and expressing them safely through drama, supports young people as they begin to process and understand themselves and the world around them.
Students have told us that sometimes they feel like their whole future depends on the grades they get. Therapy Partners have been working alongside local schools offering therapeutic support advice and guidance to pupils and teachers in schools have told us that generally they don’t feel equipped with the skills and knowledge to help with mental health concerns.
The project, beginning in early 2019, involves co-producing an interactive play with students at The Robert Napier School. We aim to inspire young people to help themselves with their own emotional regulation, reach out for support if they need it and support their peers, by defining exam stress and the root causes, in turn, helping students understand their emotions and enabling them to regulate their anxiety levels.
Through encouraging students to talk using dramatic and cognitive behavioural techniques (CBT) they will explore emotions and feelings which can help reduce anxiety. Nervousness is a natural reaction to exams - the key is to put these nerves into positive use.
A toolkit and the video can be rolled out to other schools across Kent and the country, a wonderful teaching tool for teachers and learning tool for students.