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Different ways you can support pupils with anxiety

Author: Bandana Beghal

Published date: 2023/09

Different Ways You Can Support Children With Anxiety (2)

​During the new academic year some pupils may be feeling anxious. Starting a new class or even a new school can be often quite scary and may lead to anxiety developing. This can be intensified more depending on temperaments and personalities. So, how can teachers support students?

1.       Meet and greet

To build familiarity and allow pupils to get to know you, why not have a ‘meet the teacher’ segment! Not only does this give them the opportunity to become comfortable with you but it replaces the anxiety with excitement.

Or you can always swap and do a ‘meet the student’ using templates students are able to fill out. This will allow you to get to know your students and incorporate their likes within the classroom.

2.       Talk about feelings

It’s important we teach about good communication such as, talking about feelings. Acknowledging what we are feeling or even talking about it allows the emotion to feel smaller, it also helps children feels more relieved and become comfortable.

However, there are many ways to communicate across feelings such as:

·         Individual check-in’s

·         Whole class check-in’s

·         Feeling posters

·         Journaling

·         Instead of how are you: ‘What colour/book character/object are you today?’

3.       Using picture books

Picture books are great, they support teachers to talk through big emotions and complex situation through storytelling and characters that relate to the pupils. Picture books are more inviting and provide a starting point for talk.

Here a few picture books we recommend using:

·         Find your Happy – Emily Coxhead

·         My Monster and Me – Nadiya Hussain and Ella Bailey

·         Starting School – Daisy Upton

·         Rubys Worry – Tom Percival

·         No worries – DR. Sharie Coombes

4.       Journaling

Not only does this help pupils develop their writing skills, but it also allows them to express themselves through written words. This is a good approach for pupils who may not want to talk about their feelings verbally.

The good thing about journalling is that they can use this both at school and home.


Overall, it is important we help pupils feel comfortable in the environment they are in, by acknowledging their anxiety we can create a better classroom environment that caters towards everyone.

You can find out more information using the following links:

  • Sutton Coldfield

    2-3 Emmanuel Court, Reddicroft Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B73 6BN

    t: 0330 221 1226


  • Peterborough

    Lynchwood Business Park The Pearl Centre

    t: 01733 942 784


  • Manchester

    1 Lowry Plaza The Quays Digital World Centre

    t: 0161 552 7681


  • Nuneaton

    15/17 Dugdale Street Nuneaton

    t: 02476 998 525


  • Northampton

    Regents Pavillion, 4 Moulton Park

    t: 0330 221 1226


  • Staffordshire

    Watling Court, Orbital Plaza Watling Street

    t: 0330 221 1226


  • Derbyshire

    Bretby Hall Mgt Office

    t: 0330 221 1226


  • Worcestershire

    2 Copenhagen Street

    t: 0330 221 1226


  • Wolverhampton

    84 Salop Street 3rd & 4th floors

    t: 0330 221 1226


  • Lincoln

    Studio 1 Deepdale Enterprise Park Nettleham

    t: 01522 456920


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