Once again, the academic year has dished out lots of losses for teachers, students and parents alike. 
Loss of normal 
Loss of routine 
Perhaps even loss of loved ones or colleagues  
As parents, you might also be feeling a loss of hopes and expectations for your children. 
If you're a teacher, you may feel a lack of support from Ofqual and the government, and maybe your school, and you may feel a loss of safety due to constant exposure to others. 
We can only imagine what you’ve been going through. These have been exceptional circumstances. 

Help For Students 

Do you know someone who has finished secondary education this year and is set to receive their school-assessed GCSE grades?  
We have created a print ready template letter (excerpt below) that you can download and personalise for them. We hope it helps you to help them with how they react to their results. 
Dear __________, 
You’re about to experience a different results day. Your hard work has ended with no exams and what you could have achieved had you sat the exams will always remain a mystery. This is on top of a year of losses of what you would have normally experienced at the end of school and our hearts go out to you. 
If Results Day feels like an earthquake, how you respond to those feelings is in your control, the results are not. What you decide to do next is down to you. Remember, everyone will react differently and that is ok. You may receive the grades you want and feel happy, or you might feel cheated and it’s ok to feel like that. If you’re not feeling great about it all, perhaps stay off social media and avoid the news for the day, as they could make you feel worse. 
Remember this though... 

Help for Parents and Teachers 

Although many students may have received the grades they were predicted, there will be many who are unhappy and feel aggrieved. 
Here are a few tips to help you prepare: 
As much as possible, stay off the news and social media. 
Take time for yourself and your family. It is still the summer holidays after all. 
Keep to your normal bedtime and morning routine to ensure you get enough sleep and help you keep your sense of routine. 
Be mindful of your own behaviour. If you’re suddenly aware that you’re turning to the food or drink cupboard, you’re not sleeping, or you’re shopping compulsively, stop and think about why. While these actions aren’t harmful in themselves, they can become harmful if you ‘keep busy’ with them for the long term, as they could be distracting you from dealing with how you’re really feeling. You may still reach for the chocolate, but maybe think about telling someone you trust how you’re really feeling instead. The goal, of course, is to feel better – and chances are a chat with a friend will be more comforting than chocolate. 
Teachers need each other. This isn’t a time for working in isolation. Collaboration and friendship are vital in keeping each other sane and happy. 
If you can, turn your email ‘out of office’ on to give you the space to respond to any messages you may receive from parents and students. 
The Pandemic continues to impact all aspects of our lives, turning what would ordinarily be a challenging event into a stressful situation, difficult to navigate without feeling overwhelmed. 
Take time to acknowledge how you’re feeling, and if possible tell a trusted friend or relative, especially if you’re struggling, feel overwhelmed, or out of control. It is perfectly normal to have high and low feelings at this time. 
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