Exam stresses are to the fore – but we are here to help

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WITH young peo­ple un­able to sit their ex­ams this sum­mer be­cause of the Coron­avirus pan­demic, it will have in­creased feel­ings of stress and worry for many as they pre­pared to re­ceive their A-level and GCSE grades.

It’s im­por­tant our young peo­ple do not feel alone, es­pe­cially if they are dis­ap­pointed with their re­sults, and are in­stead en­cour­aged to share what has been a wor­ry­ing them with their friends or a trusted adult.

Par­ents and car­ers can help by not fu­elling pres­sure around achiev­ing par­tic­u­lar grades and pro­vid­ing re­as­sur­ance that they will lis­ten, and not judge, what a young per­son might want to share about how they are feel­ing.

It might be they don’t feel com­fort­able hav­ing that con­ver­sa­tion and al­though that might be dif­fi­cult to ac­cept it’s im­por­tant their de­ci­sion is val­ued and that they have an­other way to share their con­cerns.

Be­tween April and July vol­un­teers from the NSPCC’s Child­line ser­vice de­liv­ered more than a thou­sand coun­selling ses­sions to young peo­ple across the UK about ex­ams, and our trained coun­sel­lors are still here 365 days a year, ready to lis­ten to the con­cerns of young peo­ple and sup­port them via on­line chat, 0800 1111, and email – visit child­line. org.uk.

Joe Sealey, se­nior Child­line su­per­vi­sor, Child­line

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