HeadStart work with Charlie Waller Memorial Trust to develop guides which support well-being for GCSE students


All About The Guides

We have been delighted to work with the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust to develop these fantastic guides which we hope will help local young people, and their families, through the stressful examination period. While many young people enjoy the challenge of taking their GCSEs, there are others who will feel incredibly daunted by them. Equipping young people with the skills to cope with potentially stressful situations will enable them to navigate the challenges that might lie ahead.
— Kevin Pace, Head Of Service, HeadStart

As GCSE examinations get underway, HeadStart has helped to develop downloadable guides which support the mental wellbeing of young people during the stressful examination period.

Working alongside the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, which provides free mental health training to schools across the UK, we have prepared three separate guides; one for young people, one for parents, and one for teachers.

GCSEs, and indeed all exams, can be quite a stressful time for many young people. Our guides are aimed at ensuring that pupils get as much support as possible, as well as finding a balance between work and rest.
— Clare Stafford, CEO, Charlie Waller Memorial Trust

The guides offer tips and advice to young people about managing their emotional well-being at exam time, and guidance for the adults who live and work with them on how best to support them. Young people are encouraged to get the balance right between well-planned revision, rest, and other activities. Tips for parents advise them to become actively involved in the examination process, but to be both encouraging and supportive without adding unnecessary pressure.

The guides can be downloaded for free using the links at the top of this page or from the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust website. We hope that you find them to be supportive resources at a stressful time of year for many young people.