1st Edition

Understanding Anxiety at School From Personal Experience to Practical Pupil Support

By Rachel Thynne Copyright 2025
    200 Pages
    by Speechmark

    200 Pages
    by Speechmark

    An increasing number of children face feelings of anxiety and isolation, negatively impacting their mental health and wellbeing, as well as their attainment in school. Having battled social anxiety herself, Rachel Thynne knows first-hand how hard it can be to be misunderstood and receive little help. By understanding the communicative function of behaviours and seeing the person behind their actions, staff can learn to support and nurture pupils with consistency, empathy, and positivity.

    This book explores anxiety in children and young people, unpicking social anxiety, situational mutism, school anxiety, and separation anxiety within a school context, and shining a light on the importance of relationships, effective communication, and self-regulation skills. A wealth of strength-based strategies are provided that can be implemented quickly and easily by busy school staff to alleviate anxiety, build self-esteem, and increase feelings of safety and belonging. The book also supports sensitive and collaborative work with caregivers to achieve the biggest impact and includes real-life examples, case-studies and reflective opportunities to bring theory to life.

    Little adjustments can make a huge difference and have a positive, lifelong effect on the individual but also on the other pupils. Advocating for whole school approaches to create a culture where all pupils can thrive, Understanding Anxiety in Schools will enable school staff, including teachers and SENCOs, to recognise signs of anxiety and to provide support empathically and compassionately.






    1.     What is Anxiety?

    2.     Safety, Relationships and Communication

            Safety, Relationships and Communication Checklist 

    3.     Alleviating Anxiety

            Alleviating Anxiety Checklist 

    4.     Regulating and Coping Strategies

            Regulating and Coping Strategies Checklist

    5.     Social Anxiety

    6.     Alleviating Social Anxiety

            Alleviating Social Anxiety Checklist

    7.     Situational Mutism

    8.     Alleviating Situational Mutism

            Alleviating Situational Mutism Checklist

    9.     School-Based Anxiety

    10.  Alleviating School-Based Anxiety

           Alleviating School-Based Anxiety Checklist

    11.  Separation Anxiety

    12.  Alleviating Separation Anxiety

           Alleviating Separation Anxiety Checklist

    13.  Whole School Approaches

           Whole School Approaches Checklist



    Rachel Thynne is an experienced teacher and is currently an Outreach Lead Teacher and Specialist Leader in Education, providing training, advice and support for the effective inclusion of pupils with SEMH within mainstream schools. She is author of the book Behaviour Barriers and Beyond.