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Study finds that sport can help students during exam periods

Students should continue playing sport during exam periods a new study found this week.

The research commissioned by The Headmasters’ & Headmistresses’ Conference found that continuing to play sport in the run up to exams did not impact performance.

Researchers looked at the impact taking part in team sports such as rugby, netball, hockey and rugby had on the results of 1,482 GCSE students from 19 independent schools.

In response to the findings, Head of Psychology at Huddersfield University Peter Clough said: "There is no evidence that people involved in sport get any worse GCSE results.

"But they are happier, psychologically healthier, less anxious and more resilient and robust.

"Taking part in sport on a regular basis is not doing them any harm and it is doing them good.”

The results showed that taking part in sport can prepare students for the stress and pressure of exams.

The research also found that music and drama activities had neither a negative or positive impact on performance.

Reflecting on the challenges facing students during exam periods, former Review contributor Colin Kerrigan, Executive Director at the International School of Creative Arts, said: "Students are under more stress during certain periods of the year, particularly around portfolio preparation time (preparing for university admission) and A level exams.

"The pace of the curriculum at ISCA means that while intensive creative work takes place, time is also dedicated to exchanging ideas during tutorials and critiques.

"While the creative process is a highly individual artistic journey, students are encouraged to work together and this becomes a shared experience that we believe is additionally supportive.

"The very nature of the work means that students are given time to prepare for the exam and more importantly, can realise and specialise in more individually based ideas that have developed as a result of their personal investigations."


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William Winter
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@theparlreview
April 27 2019

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