Broadoak College is delighted that one of their teams of three Year 8 female students entering the "Sharp Shotz" competition for 2016 has won and their film on tackling exam stress has been produced by the BBC, UWE students and local charity IDEAL.
Having had family members struggle through the important exam period, this topic stood out above the others in the brain storming stage for the girls. They were also conscious of the new examination requirements of 100% final exam and the proximity of their exams.
The ChildLine National Exam Stress Survey revealed that 96% of the 1300 who completed the survey felt anxious about exams and revision, with 59% feeling pressure from their parents to do well and 64% saying they have never received any support in dealing with exams.
Not having techniques to deal with these stresses means that young people may turn to drink, drugs and self-harm as negative ways of coping with examinations. The film, "Don't Stress, It's Pointless", follows the story of one female student who, at hearing of an upcoming examination, struggles with her anxiety which results in a panic attack. A real life interview with a NHS school nurse provides strategies and relief for the young person. The girls who created the film wanted to firstly offer support to those who are struggling with these issues and also to start discussions based around the inclusion of strategies to the National Curriculum.
The launch of the film will be on Wednesday 13th July at The Watershed in Bristol from 10am – 12.30pm.
The film is available to view via the following link: