Wales ChildLine reports rise in calls as exams approach

According to ChildLine’s Welsh branch, the number of crisis calls from teenagers has risen as GCSE and A-Level exams are nearing.

The charity claimed that its volunteers operating in Prestatyn and Cardiff dealt with nearly 450 enquiries about exam stress last year.

Data has also shown that across the UK, over 3,000 exam-related sessions were given to pupils, a nine per cent rise on the previous year. Around 24 per cent of the sessions took place in May 2015.

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) Wales maintained that parental disappointment and fear of failure accounted for some of reasons children gave for contacting the helpline.

Des Mannion, head of NSPCC, said: "As these figures reveal, the pressure to do well is being felt by an increasing number of young people. We hear from lots of young people each year who are anxious, worried or panicking about their exams and revision."

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