Leanne Hill - Maths and English Co-ordinator SRC:
"There are many challenges in Further Education but for students who have been mandated to continue subjects that they struggle with such as English and maths, a big challenge is to do with how this can make them feel. Students might have the ability but they needed tools to be able to take the fear of an exam situation away. With mindfulness sessions, students benefited from exploring techniques to calm their thoughts and as a result approach exams with less barriers. This resulted in learners meeting on the morning of GCSE exams to practice these techniques and support each other’s nerves. Furthermore, staff were able to explore mindfulness in a way that not only allowed them to better support students but also how they themselves could use mindfulness to support the challenges of their daily life. Staff involved have now taken this forward and incorporated activities into their daily routine. Very successful and worthwhile sessions for all involved."