As this year marks the return of traditional exams after the pandemic, young people have spoken to our Childline counselors about their anxiety.
The pandemic has upended traditional teaching, meaning students have learned in ways that previous generations never knew – hopefully not needed in the future.
Our trained counselors have spoken to many teens who say they don’t feel in control of their results and are worried about their future.
If things don’t turn out the way they hoped, they need to feel supported by their parents, guardians and families and to be reassured that this doesn’t have to stop them from realizing their dreams.
Remind them that there are other options available to them.
They might take a year off, consider applying to another university or college, consider changing courses, and more.
If they are not comfortable talking to their family, remind them that support will always be at the end of a phone or online chat with Childline’s 24/7 service.
Our specially trained counselors run counseling sessions with children across the North and the UK who may be worried about their exams and results.
Parents and guardians will no doubt want to be supportive, but may themselves be apprehensive about when and how to talk to their child.
They should encourage the young person to take their time to think about what they want to do next, regardless of the results.
Reassure them, there is no rush to make a decision immediately.
With the right support network in place – whether at home or through our Childline service or website – young people can hopefully turn their disappointment into a constructive way forward.
Everyone has a role to play in ensuring that a supportive environment is in place so children feel comfortable talking about their concerns.
Young people under 19 can get free, confidential advice and support from Childline at www.childline.org.uk or by calling free on 0800 1111.