How we manage stress is key to how we perform: it’s not an optional extra but part of how we care for our brain and body if we want to live and work as well as possible. Stress Well for Schools is a complete course to teach everything young people (and adults) need to know about stress management for wellbeing and performance. It sits brilliantly within the PSHE curriculum for KS3 and KS4, addressing Core Theme 1: Health and Wellbeing. You could teach it as a unit within that, allowing you to address elements of ‘Mental health and emotional wellbeing’ and ‘Healthy lifestyles’. The materials consist of shareable, printable pdfs and Powerpoints and can be used by any adult in a school setting.
My books are written directly for young people. Listening to teachers and as a former teacher myself, I knew that schools also wanted a way of teaching stress management to whole classes or small groups. Stress Well does that. Simply. Without stress, of course.
“Our students have really enjoyed your Powerpoints and the discussions we have had as a consequence of using them. Talking about stress and anxiety is quite challenging, and your excellent resources have made it feel a lot safer and easier.” Fran Alexander, Head of Psychology at a leading independent school.
“A fantastic resource that is thoughtful, well written and ideal for supporting students aged 11-18. So important to have quality resources like this when rates of mental health problems in students are so high.” A school in York
“Stress Well is an excellent skills based resource. With well-being now central to our school curriculum it has been a great addition to our resources.” Colaiste na hinse, Co Meath
Stress Well offers a hugely flexible, copiable and printable set of highly-structured materials, which can be split into any permutation of sessions of any length from a few minutes to a double period. You will find Core and Optional activities so you can choose how long to spend on the course.
Price and licence
Stress Well costs only £75 for a full, perpetual copying licence, without limit of time or numbers. A purchasing school/organisation may copy and share ALL the materials, without limit, throughout the school/organisation. You may not share the materials outside your school. Please read terms carefully: the Licence is HERE.
Stress Well consists of three topics
- Understanding Stress – the biology of stress, what it’s for, how it affects us positively or negatively
- Stress and You – noticing the specific effects in your body and mind, so that you can spot negative signs early
- Strategies – practical ways to keep stress at healthy levels
Flexible for age and ability
For the whole of secondary school, ages 11-18. The materials can easily be adapted to level and age.
Flexible lesson lengths
Each topic is in three parts of very roughly 20-40 minutes (plus many extra optional activities). This means you can split or combine elements to suit your needs. You can build the optional activities into extra lessons or tutor group times or use as relaxation or time-out exercises when needed.
If you include all the Optional activities you can stretch the course further. Many of the activities can be repeated and become regular parts of ordinary lessons, so you can provide switch-off time as needed.
Although the central aim is that PHSE or similar teachers will use it formally in the curriculum, Stress Well can be used by adults in any teaching, support or pastoral role: for example, head of year or tutor group, school librarian, PSHE or guidance teacher, as well as any subject teacher. No special knowledge is required.
There are no stressful tests at the end! Students should enjoy the Stress Well materials and I hope you enjoy teaching them.
Stress Well is downloadable. It consists of the following items:
- The main pdf of 80+ pages, which includes all the lessons, ideas and activities, with full instructions
- A separate pdf of the worksheets
- Links to all the Powerpoint presentations
- You will be able to download them from Slideshare BUT, when I make changes, the revisions will only be on Slideshare. Therefore, I recommend you return to the Slideshare page next time you want to use a Ppt for a class, in case there have been any revisions.
- There are also some printable posters for your school library
Any questions or comments? Do ask!