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Reducing Stress in Staff and Pupils Conference

Wednesday 5 May 2021 – 09:15 – 13:15

Human beings tend to dislike the idea of uncertainty. It is full of the unknown and the unpredictable, which easily makes us anxious. Ironically, excitement contains all the same qualities, but just the term ‘excitement’ creates a very different expectation. We have been living through a time of considerable uncertainty. That’s been one of the hardest aspects of the pandemic – coping with ‘not knowing’.

Why is uncertainty so challenging, and how can it be made easier?  What do we need to do to recover healthily from an extended period of uncertainty? 

She will explore the science of uncertainty, which has shown that the human brain frequently experiences uncertainty as a threat, thereby setting off an anxiety-stress response within the body. Leaders within school environments can use this single insight to help in shaping policies and practices that help staff and pupils to feel safe.

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