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Editor’s comment: Childline can help with exam worries

PUBLISHED: 10:50 21 August 2017

Not all students have got the results they wanted. Picture: BEN BIRCHALL/PA

Not all students have got the results they wanted. Picture: BEN BIRCHALL/PA

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As young people opened their A-level results last Thursday there was the inevitable mix of emotions. Many were pleased and secured the grades they needed to study at the university they wanted.

But there will always be some for whom the results are disappointing. It’s generally not because they didn’t study hard, there can be many reasons why they miss out on the grades they were hoping for.

NSPCS charity Childline offers support to those worried about their results.

The service delivered 1,133 counselling sessions to young people concerned about exam results in 2016/17 – a rise of 21 per cent over the past two years.

Of these, 241 were handled by the NSPCC’s Childline base in London. And of those, more than a quarter (28pc) took place in August 2016 when GCSE and AS/A-level results were released.

Figures released this week also show a sharp rise in the number of Childline counselling sessions delivered to 16 to 18 year-olds related to exam results worries in 2016/17.

Many young people told counsellors they were disappointed with themselves and worried their grades might affect them getting into the university or college of their choice, while others were concerned about their parents’ reaction.

Anxiety and low mood were also mentioned when discussing exam results.

Childline has the following advice for young people:

* Don’t panic if you don’t get the results you were hoping for.

* You may have to make some tough decisions but remember you always have options and you can get help.

* Everyone is different so try not to compare your results to your friends or classmates.

* If you’re disappointed with your results it can help to talk to a teacher or someone you trust about how you’re feeling.

You can contact Childline for free, confidential support and advice, 24 hours a day on 0800 1111 or here

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