Best Practice

Plans B, C and D: Learning how to bounce back

The importance of having a back-up plan is clear. As exams season comes to a close, Karen Sullivan looks at helping students to consider their options

Social media, the press and many many households around the country have been littered with anxiety-ridden teens, stressed and distressed by exams, self-doubt and feelings of failure – a very poor reflection of an education system that should, for the most part, encourage a love of learning.

And although the exam season will soon be over, the next stage of angst will set in. What if desired or required grades aren’t achieved? What next?

To salvage the emotional health of our young people, we need to encourage them to come up with contingency plans. In other words, if Plan A isn’t going to come to fruition, what is the next best logical option? And if that doesn’t work out, what else is there?

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