We speak to many young people that are worried about their exams being cancelled due to the Coronavirus crisis and how this can impact the results they will be awarded for their GCSEs and A Levels. If you are worried about this there are ways you can manage your stress and even appeal results you feel are unfair.
Appeal your results.
Many results around the country have been appealed. Not all results can be appealed but if you would like to look into this you can ask your school/college to review your results. If after this review you are still not happy you can ask your school/college for an appeal with Ofqual.
Take your exam at a later date.
A Levels and GCSEs can be taken at a later date or retaken if you feel like you would like to sit them. Doing this means you take control back and earn a grade rather than get assigned a grade. If this is something you would like to consider talking to your school is the best way to move forward. When talking to them be sure to ask how this could impact your placement in college or university.
Research your next step.
If the exam results you received were lower than expected and you believe they may have impacted the plan you have made there may be other options for you to look at. Many universities have clearing places available or are willing to be lenient under the circumstances. There are many ways to get your qualifications be that on different courses at university/college or looking at apprenticeships. Research your next step.
Its good to talk.
If you’re feeling stressed, anxious or upset about your exams and the results talking to a trusted person can really help. This might be your parents/carer, friends or even the LHM youth team. Talking to someone you’re comfortable with gives you the opportunity to sound out ideas and get things off your chest.
Return to school.
Most young people in the UK have been told that they will be returning to school/college/university in September. Whilst a lot of the young people around the country are looking forward to seeing their friends, getting back to a sense of normality and learning again a lot of young people with half a working heart are anxious about social distancing and staying safe. This is completely understandable, here are some things to think about.
Advocate for yourself.
We know a lot of young people with half a working heart don’t like to draw attention to this. If your class mates don’t know you may be more vulnerable than them they might not understand why social distancing is important to you. Speak up and let people know that having half a heart doesn’t define you but does mean you have to be a bit more careful around other people at this time.
Speak to your school.
Your school will or have been in contact with you explaining how social distancing will work when you return. If something doesn’t make sense to you or you are worried that what is in place wont keep you safe enough it is okay to speak up. Sit with your parents/guardian and write down before you speak to them what you’re worried about and voice your opinion. They may be able to reassure you or even put extra measures in to keep you safe. Your schools are working hard with the guidance they have been given and want to keep you safe.
If you’re worried about having to repeat yourself all the time or having to get close to people to explain that you have half a working heart, speak with a close friend of group of friends and see if they will be your safety buddy. They can speak up for you when you can’t do this yourself. Help keep space and make social distancing easier.
If you feel you would be safer wearing a mask or visor do so. When you get home from school change your clothes immediately and take a shower. Start gaining control and wash your clothes each day. Do whatever you feel is necessary to keep you safe.