Childline delivered almost 2,000 counselling sessions about exam stress last year, as formal exams returned after the pandemic
- The impact of the pandemic and pressures from schools and families are increasing worries about exams.
- We encourage children and parents to do non-revision activities to support their wellbeing in this stressful time.
Last year, GCSE and A level exams returned after a break due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Childline delivered 2,000 counselling sessions in this time, with children struggling with exam stress. This was a 10% increase from the year before.
44% of these counselling sessions took place in April, May and June. Some students worried that the disruptions to their learning in the pandemic, has affected their performance and ability to cope with pressure. There are also lots of children struggling with their mental health, family expectations and lack of motivation.
We worry that this trend will continue this year. Childline is available 24/7 online and over the phone. We urge any young person with worries about exams to get in touch with Childline, and not worry in silence.