A Level exam results have recently gone out and it’s been revealed that the number of students gaining pass grades has dropped for the first time in three years after the new curriculum was brought in.
So it’s perhaps unsurprising that new research from the NSPCC has also just indicated a 21 per cent rise in counselling sessions with Childline and young people worried about their results in the last two years.
The increase was particularly dramatic among those aged between 16 and 18, where counselling sessions were seen to climb 68 per cent in the last two years.
Advice for parents or carers from the charity to help young people manage their feelings of anxiety or depression include not pressuring them to achieve certain grades, encouraging them to take their time to think about what their next step will be, and helping them to consider their choices by writing down lists of pros and cons of their particular options.
“We’d encourage young people not to be disheartened if they don’t get the results they hoped for. It’s important they remember that they have options and that talking to a friend or trusted adult can really help them see this clearly. Childline is also here 24/7 to listen to any young person worried about their results and needing confidential support and advice,” NSPCC chief executive Peter Wanless said.
Although the number of people gaining pass grades did drop, it was also seen that the number of students scoring either an A* or an A rose by 26.3 per cent compared to 2016.
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