Confessions of a Teacher – Exams

“Sometimes I feel I'm more stressed than the pupils are.”

Teachers tell all in the first of a new series of short films.

If you’re feeling under intense pressure during exam season, you’re not alone.

In this short film teachers speak frankly and honestly about this most testing of times.

From reassuring panicked students to the relentless countdown to exams and results day, their experiences will be familiar to most education professionals.

One teacher says: “I've seen some terrible things, I've had students who have felt the pressure so much that they've become suicidal and again sadly that poor mental health of students is something we're seeing more which I think affects teachers because you feel like you're doing it to them even though we're just a little cog in this machine.”

Another admits: “I've done everything I physically can to make sure that they succeed. And that's given me a lot of countless sleepless nights and feeling - am I good enough?”

We’ve created this BBC Teach support area with top tips to help get you through exam season.

We’ll be adding more new films in the coming weeks with teachers sharing their experiences.

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If exam stress gets too much, call Education Support Partnership’s free and confidential 24/7 emotional support helpline on 08000 562 561.

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