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Exam Stress

7th Jun 2018

The NSPCC 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 decisions but remember you 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.

Advice for parents and carers:

  • Try not to place unnecessary pressure on your children to gain certain grades
  • Your child may find it hard to talk to you about their results but be supportive and take time to listen to their worries.
  • Encourage your child to take their time to think about what they’d like to do. There’s no need to rush into a decision straightaway.
  • Help them think about their choices by writing down a list of pros and about each of their options.

Advice about what to do after school can also be found on Childline’s YouTube channel in a video called Life after School -

Children and young people can contact Childline for free, confidential support and advice, 24 hours a day on 0800 1111 or at

Help is available for students and families on or chat on 08001111.