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Kent A-Level students offered support from NSPCC

By Ellis Stephenson

A-Level students across Kent will find out today what marks they got in their exams.

You can follow our LIVE coverage of results day here.

It comes as the NSPCC revealed it has delivered more than 1,000 counselling sessions to school children ahead of their exam results in 2016/17.

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Pupils are being excluded from school if their exams aren't good enough, according to parents. Stock pic
Pupils are being excluded from school if their exams aren't good enough, according to parents. Stock pic

The figures reveal a rise of 21% across the last two years.

The charity has released a list of tips for those who may be nervous about what they marks they achieved, which include:

  • Not panicking if you do not get the result you want
  • Remember you always have options when taking tough decisions
  • Speak to a teacher if you are disappointed with your results

Parents and careers are also being advised to try not to pressure their child, encourage them to take their time when thinking about what they want to do next and help them to think about their choices.

NSPCC Chief Executive Peter Wanless said: "Waiting for exam results can be an anxious time for young people and can leave some struggling to cope.

"Pressure to achieve good grades and worries about securing further education places and jobs can be too much for some teenagers to deal with on their own.

"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.

Pupils will be checking their grades. Picture: Gary Browne
Pupils will be checking their grades. Picture: Gary Browne

"Childline is also here 24/7 to listen to any young person worried about their results and needing confidential support and advice."

Figures released today also show a sharp rise in the number of Childline counselling sessions delivered to 16 to 18-year-olds related to exam results worries in 2016/17 which is an increase of 68% over the last two years.

Many young people told counsellors they were disappointed with themselves and worried their grades might affect them getting into the university or college of their choice, while others were concerned about their parent's reaction to their results.

Acas senior guidance adviser John Palmer said: "Exam results day can be an exciting time as school leavers plan the next steps on their career paths.

"Whether working part-time while studying, becoming an apprentice or taking on a full-time role many new workers are not aware of their rights or their responsibilities when starting out.

"Employees have rights at work but they are also responsible for being productive and respectful to others.

"Our 'New to Work' guidance helps young employees navigate the first few months in the world of work.

"Managers can also use the guidance to ensure they welcome their new staff at this challenging time and understand their obligations as employers.

"Employers who value new staff can reap the business rewards in the longer term."

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