Hundreds of children counselled by Childline’s East Midlands volunteers due to overwhelming exam stress

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Scores of young people are turning to Childline for help as they struggle to cope with the pressure of exam stress.

New figures from the NSPCC-run service reveal that its East Midlands base in Nottingham delivered 339 counselling sessions on exam stress to children in the UK in 2016/17 – a rise of 27 per cent from 266 sessions in 2015/16.

Nationally across its 12 bases Childline carried out 3,135 counselling sessions in 2016/17.

More than a fifth of these took place in May as pupils faced upcoming exams with many telling counsellors they were struggling with subjects, excessive workloads and feeling unprepared.