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“I could not assist academically as a result of he is aware of far more than me – I used to be no use to him,” a involved mom tells BBC Radio 5 reside.

In line with a survey, she shouldn’t be alone in feeling the stress and pressure over her kid’s revision and examination schedule.

Practically 1 / 4 (24%) of British dad and mom polled for five reside stated their very own psychological well being had been affected by the strain of their kids’s exams.

1 / 4 additionally stated they’d usually misplaced sleep worrying over kids’s exams.

Two in 5 dad and mom (42%) stated not figuring out learn how to assist their kids with revision made them really feel as in the event that they had been “not adequate as dad and mom”.

And almost a 3rd (31%) stated they’d provided their kids cash as an incentive to revise within the hope of boosting their grades.

The ballot additionally discovered that greater than half (52%), would really like extra assist and recommendation on learn how to help their kids by their revision.

The survey of 830 dad and mom of 11 to 18-year-olds was carried out by ComRes for BBC Radio 5 reside.


One mom stated: “It is exhausting as a mother or father since you’re not fairly certain how productive the time is, if it is efficient revision, whether or not he is procrastinating and not likely revising.”

One father added: “I am unable to assist her very nicely academically… you’re feeling the strain on your self. The system’s modified a lot over time – they be taught issues in another way.”

One other mom added: “It is exhausting – you do not have something there for you as a result of it is all focussed on the kids.”


Scientific psychologist Dr Anna Colton stated she usually got here throughout dad and mom who had been burdened about their kids’s examination efficiency.

However Dr Colton warned there was a hazard in dad and mom channelling their very own hopes and aspirations into their little one.

“Grasp on – whose exams are these? It is necessary to separate your stress and theirs,” she stated.

The very best method to revision was to provide your little one a peaceful, useful atmosphere at residence, she added.

The ballot comes as BBC Studying launches its model new examination initiative The Mind Set – the UK’s first nationwide peer-to-peer teaching community for college kids learning for GCSEs, and nationals in Scotland.

The initiative will assist younger folks overcome examination stress with the assistance of 12 pupil coaches who’ve been there and performed it.