Educational Performance for Schools

The Educational Performance Programme

A powerful programme available to schools and colleges, to provide support to students who are struggling with anxiety, stress, or workload.

Equips students with lifelong skills to overcome negative thinking and manage stressful situations effectively.

Teaches the benefits of relaxation for optimum performance, enabling students to enjoy their studies and achieve academic success.

Boosts results as students are inspired to take control of their learning and unleash their full potential.

Many students struggle to overcome exam anxiety, or worries over deadlines and workload.


It is often the brightest students who put tremendous pressure on themselves in striving for perfection.  This can lead to levels of anxiety which actually inhibit performance. Poorer students who believe they are going to fail may fall into negative thinking patterns, which often mean they don’t even try, therefore denying themselves the chance of success.


It has been estimated that one in ten children and young people aged 5-18 suffer from a mental health difficulty – around 3 in every school class. Giving young people the right help early on, teaching them resilience and practical strategies for managing their thinking and minimising their anxiety, can set them up for life.


In Higher Education the problems continue. In a recent survey by the National Union of Students (NUS 2013), between 50% and 80% of students reported feeling anxiety, lack of motivation and stress whilst at their place of study, mainly as a result of work deadlines and exams.


It is common for students to focus on their weakness rather than their talents, and strengths, and they can become easily discouraged by negative comments or experience. The Educational Performance Programme helps to re-engineer this thinking to give students simple coping strategies to reduce anxiety and perform at their very best. Academic performance and emotional well-being are both positively affected.

What does it involve?

The EPP in a school context usually consists of three one hour sessions, conducted over a three week period, with groups identified by the school. Sessions are led by a qualified and experienced teacher.


For students in Higher Education, programmes can be designed to fit with your particular setting and requirements.


The key elements of the programme are as follows:

Positive Focus

Helping students become aware of negative thoughts or unhelpful ‘self-talk’ they may have, and teaching a technique for dumping those thoughts, and focusing on positive and successful images.


Developing an awareness of their own ability to relax, and learning techniques to develop these skills.


Learning coping strategies for potentially stressful situations, and how to instantly recall feelings of relaxation and calmness at any time.


Mentally rehearsing exam or test situations. Mental rehearsal is a highly effective way of being calmer on the day itself, because the mind is prepared for a positive outcome. The more you mentally rehearse a particular outcome, the more likely you are to experience it.


Award-winning Malet Lambert School has been using the Educational Performance Programme to help students and their teachers prepare for exams.


They have employed this programme for two years, resulting in the school’s best-ever GCSE results: 99% of students gained five A* to C grades.

For many students, it isn't just the anxiety or nerves at the time of the exam, but very often they worry for weeks and months ahead. This programme provides students with simple coping strategies that they can utilise to reduce their anxiety levels and perform at their very best. All of this can lead to much better academic performance and far greater emotional well-being for the student.

Stephen Logan, Business Champion at Malet Lambert School

What else is included?

The programme can also include a support CD for each student to listen to each day. This is to reinforce the calm, relaxed state and develop the new way of thinking as an established habit.


This programme, although usually carried out over only a few weeks, is not a short term solution. Students who use the tools they are taught here are creating skills for life, and developing long-term habits of being calmer, more resilient in pressure situations and better able to perform at their best.

Contact me to arrange a meeting to discuss how I can help your students boost their performance, and your school or college to improve its results.