10 ways to kick exam stress


With only days to go until students all over the UK sit their exams, the levels of worry in your household may be getting the better of your home environment in the form of exam stress. As an unavoidable part of student life that can be challenging to handle, it is worth remembering that stress exists as an alarm system, bringing your attention to certain matters that need addressed in your son or daughter’s life.

10 ideas to help your child during their English exam

With exam season upon us we thought 2KickStartU's top tips to help your child during their Engilsh exam would come in handy. 

  1. Begin by checking very carefully the instructions of the exam paper. Highlight or underline the key instructions.
  2. Note down (and check) any timings plan you have prepared, so you have it to refer to, and to stop you spending too much or too little time on one question.
  3. Where there is a choice of tasks or essays, check out the potential of all of the options before making your decision.

SATs are around the corner - knowing what is in the test can help you help your child with everyday activities

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With only weeks to go for SATs you might be wondering what you can start doing to help your child prepare. This can be a tense time and your child may feel nervous or lack of confidence, but as a parent there is plenty you can do to support them. The important thing is to know what is included in the test and expected from your child. Once you know helping them can be as simple as using situations in everyday life.

The best SATs preparation advice for parents

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SATs are a key milestone in your child’s academic career. Your child’s results will show you and the school how much of what they have been taught your child has grasped, how they compare to the national average, and highlight areas where they might need additional support.

So you see, they are more than a handy metric for compiling school league tables, as they will also be used to determine sets and learning goals going forward.

Key Stage 2 SATs changes explained

A little girl doing her key stage 2 tests.

Following the changes to the curriculum, we have put together a short video which aims to give you granular detail regarding the Key Stage 2 tests that pupils in year 6 will take in May this year. It might be a year or two in the future for your child, but there's no harm in knowing and power in knowing the direction to work towards.