Education: Stress levels soar as mock exams loom




A new poll commissioned by the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) found that more than two-thirds of London teachers reported increased stress among secondary school pupils over the last two months, at a higher rate than other parts of the country. This may be fuelled by the higher average attainment levels, pressure from parents, and students feeling the brunt of the cost-of-living crisis.

The poll revealed:

  • 43% of parents agree their child’s self-esteem is linked to the grades they achieved at school and university.
  • 59% of parents agree that since the Covid pandemic their child has fallen out of a routine with regards to their education and their motivation to work has declined.
  • 68% of parents agree that their child benefits from one-to-one learning environments, alongside the classroom experience.
  • 47% of students said they enjoy learning from a Tutor they can relate to (age, interests, personal experiences, communication styles, etc).
  • 49% of students said they learn better from people who share a similar life experience to them.

In light of these findings, MyTutor has launched free online courses to help ease student stress in the run up to mock exams. MyTutor Squads runs group tutoring sessions throughout the autumn term. Sessions will cover core topics such as Maths and Coding relevant to GCSE Computer Science. Additional ‘Study Squad’ sessions teach a series of techniques to help with learning, remembering and revising. Sign up here.

Main photo credit: Yogendra Sing via Unsplash

Val Fraser

Val Fraser is a trained journalist with over 12 years’ experience working on staff in various demanding media environments. She has authored/edited thousands of articles including news, travel and features. Val has authored/contributed to nine non-fiction books. A regular columnist, she stepped up to the role of Digital Editor in September 2022 and is responsible for the Sorted Magazine website.

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