Rise in calls to ChildLine as exam season approaches.

‘Exam stress and fears about exams are rising dramatically, new statistics reveal.

ChildLine, the children's helpline, delivered 3,077 counselling sessions about exam stress to school pupils in 2015-16, an increase of 9 per cent on the previous year. Almost a quarter of this counselling took place in the lead-up to exam season.

Concerns about exam results were mentioned during 1,127 counselling sessions with the helpline, an increase of 20 per cent on the previous year. A quarter of these took place in August, while teenagers waited for their GCSE and A-level grades.

The children’s charity NSPCC, which runs ChildLine, pointed out that exam stress can affect pupils’ ability to sleep, as well as leading to anxiety attacks, depression, self-harm or suicidal feelings.

Peter Wanless, NSPCC chief executive, said: “The pressure to do well is being felt by an increasing number of young people across the country.”’ - TES
‘Childline has released anonymised snapshots of the cases its callers handled last year. 

“I can’t cope if things get any worse than this. I can’t focus on my work and I have tests coming up that I haven’t prepared for. Everything is just piling on top of me,” said one 16-year-old caller told the service. 

“If I have already failed then what is the point of carrying on?” another 16-year-old said.’ – Huffington Post

 

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