Exams matter: help pupils to deal with disappointment

The importance of good qualifications can be stressed without presenting them as the be-all and end-all

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It would seem, if you follow the progress of our exam system through both social and traditional media, that from P1 to S3, exams don’t matter. Then they do for a couple of years, but only if you do well. In that case, we’ll photograph your kids literally jumping for joy and put it in the papers. If not, we’ll create a Twitter hashtag telling them their results aren’t important. A conveyor belt of “celebrities” will sympathise, claiming, “I got nothing at school and I turned out all right, didn’t I?” We all have our stories of why exam success isn’t the be-all and end-all.

The truth, of course ...

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