Coping with Teenage Stress

Who knows if life in the 21st century is more stressful than a life in which one might be eaten by a sabre tooth tiger or find that half of the village contracted the Black Death overnight.

But what we do know is that there are stresses in our era, and some teenagers seem to feel these issues quite strongly: exams, relationships with friends and with the opposite S, domestic problems, and peer pressure to smoke, drink, take drugs and have S. (I use the abbreviation S as otherwise this email will be blocked by many schools for using “inappropriate language”)

To compound matters, the teenage years themselves are difficult, a time when teenagers are neither children nor grown-ups and when many have a tendency to feel and express rebellion. Sadly, there have been a number of recent cases where teenage stress has led to suicide.

Teenage stress is clearly a highly relevant and serious issue and it is vital that we find ways to help teenagers, firstly to identify the causes of it and then to both understand and cope with it.

But the question is how. When someone is stressed, then their own perceptions become warped, and it is impossible for them to see their position in the world and how they might change it.

So the answer is to work with students before they become over-stressed (on the basis that clearly some stress is good – as one psychologist put it to me while I was looking into this subject, if you are not stressed you are probably asleep).

The manual “Coping with Teenage Stress” approaches the subject by giving teenagers insights into what stress is all about, and then asking them to participate in explorations of the concept. Through this is opens the way to class discussion of the many sources of teenage stress and includes practical work in the form of quizzes, games and questions for class work. It also offers practical help for stressed teenagers with numerous suggestions as to how they can relieve stress and also where they can go for help if the underlying problem is too much for them alone.

It is detailed, practical, there are many more topics that you’ll need to cover (so there is plenty of chance to choose the topics you particularly want to cover) and it comes in a copiable format, which makes it usable in chunks, with as many students as you wish. You can also obtain the volume on CD so that it can be put on the school’s learning platform for all colleagues to access it and use it, no matter which department they are in.

Cat No: 978 1 86083 702 9; Publishers Ref No: T1713emn; Sample pages can be viewed on


  • Photocopiable report in a ring binder, £25.95. plus £3.95 delivery
  • CD with school-wide rights: £25.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Both the Ring Binder and the CD £32.94 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Prices include VAT.

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GCSE Chemistry of Elements PowerPoints

GCSE Chemistry of the Elements constitutes one of the five sections that make up a complete GCSE course in Chemistry delivered via PowerPoint presentations.

Each of the five sections is divided into a number of lessons. In each case around 60 PowerPoints are provided to allow you to illustrate each and every aspect of the course. Here are the lessons for the ‘Chemistry of the Elements’ section:

Lesson 1

The Periodic Table; Group 1 – The Alkali Metals

Lesson 2

Group 7 Elements – chlorine, bromine and iodine; Gases in the Atmosphere; Oxygen in the Air

Lesson 3

The reactions of oxygen with metals; Carbon dioxide – preparation and properties; Hydrogen – reactions and properties

Lesson 4

The Reactivity Series of Metals; Displacement reactions; Oxidation and Reduction; Rusting

Lesson 5

Tests for Cations; Tests for Anions: Tests for the Gases

There are examples of the PowerPoints at

GCSE Chemistry of Elements PowerPoints is published as a download so that you can receive immediately a copy onto your computer which you can then use as often as you want. You can also put it on your school learning platform so all staff in your department can access the document.

You can obtain GCSE Chemistry of Elements PowerPoints by going to

The price is £10 plus VAT (the VAT can be reclaimed in most cases by the school).

GCSE Chemistry of Elements PowerPoints is published by First and Best in Education, part of the Hamilton House group. If you have any enquiries you can call 01536 399 011, or email or write to us at First and Best, Hamilton House, Earlstrees Ct., Earlstrees Rd., Corby, Northants NN17 4HH.

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Ten top tips for Assessment for Learning – Free guide

At Smartees Learning we are often asked for our top tips on key aspects of Teaching and Learning, such as Differentiation, Marking and AfL. Of course our highly-acclaimed training courses are about much more than ‘top tips’ but we still love to give our course participants quick, handy guides to take away from our courses.

If you’d like to know more about our training and consultancy, including our programmes on How to Get a 1 for Teaching and Learning and Differentiation, Marking and Feedback, do visit the website at

If you would like a copy of the AfL guide free of charge please do drop me an email to and I’ll forward you a copy

There is just one thing however. I know that we’re imposing on your colleagues in your school office by asking them to pass this email on to you. In order to avoid taking up more of their time could I ask you to write back from your own email address so that I can send you the report directly?

There is of course no charge for the report.

Kind regards

Heather Hamer
Smartees Learning

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