‘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