Managing Stress in Secondary Schools: A Whole-School Approach for Staff and Students, second edition, introduces a practical stress management programme for use in schools and colleges. Drawing from current theory and evidence-based practice on anxiety, stress and mental health, it offers student lesson plans, plus a staff self-training session, with concrete activities to develop crucial stress management skills in both staff and students.

The programme provides direct training in stress reduction skills, supported by online resources, designed to fit into timetabled PSHE lessons. Key features of this manual include:

  • Simple and flexible lesson plans that can be performed either at the start of timetabled PSHE lessons or as full stress management lessons on their own.
  • A staff self-training session plan that serves both as preparation for leading lessons with students and facilitates the development of stress management skills among staff.
  • Downloadable audio relaxation recordings.
  • Downloadable handouts to encourage students’ relaxation practice at home.
  • Downloadable PowerPoint slides to guide tuition.

With lessons covering the causes and effects, as well as strategies on preventing and managing stress, this is an invaluable resource for teachers and other school staff involved in the PSHE curriculum. It would be of particular interest to those supporting students preparing for exams.

part 1|39 pages


chapter Chapter One|5 pages


chapter Chapter Two|5 pages

Why include stress management in schools?

chapter Chapter Three|5 pages

Student stress in school

chapter Chapter Four|3 pages

Staff stress in school

chapter Chapter Five|6 pages

How stress starts

chapter Chapter Six|10 pages

How stress reduces

chapter Chapter Seven|3 pages

The exam stress lesson explained

part 2|137 pages

Training for staff and students

chapter Chapter Eight|21 pages

Staff self-training

chapter Chapter Nine|13 pages

Before starting lessons with students

Basic preparation

chapter Chapter Ten|101 pages

Student lesson plans