Exam stress for pupils greater than before pandemic, headteachers tell survey

ore than eight in 10 headteachers say their pupils are more stressed and anxious about exams this year than they were pre-pandemic.

A survey by the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) found that nearly 80% of schools and colleges had also had more requests than pre-pandemic for pupils to take their exams in separate rooms away from the exam hall because of anxiety and stress.

In the poll of 527 headteachers at schools in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, heads reported that exam anxiety was causing high rates of pupil absence, with some saying that they were seeing more challenging behaviour from pupils as a result of anxiety.

Read the full article in the Independent here.