• Sarah Warley

Exam Results: Overcoming Underachievement

With GCSE and A level results out this week, we hope your children have received the grades they hoped for. However, for many, there will be disappointment coming at the end of what has been such a difficult time for teenagers all round, with self-confidence and mental health beginning to wobble.


Illustrating students taking A Levels or GCSE exams
For many students here will be disappointment coming at the end of what has been such a difficult time for teenagers.

Of course, exam results don’t define your child and their life. As we know, success is never linear and that many great success stories get there without necessarily needing a fabulous academic track record to do so! I often spend my time trying to get my children to try to dissociate from exam results - whether they are good or bad, they really do not define you as a person and it is important to know your own brilliance despite what the grade may say!


There is much news, rightfully, regarding the extreme inequality in lockdown provision between private and state schools.


There also exists, however, another inequality, between those children who coped well with remote learning and those for whom things were already pretty hard at school. If your child falls into this latter category, then you will already be familiar with them under-achieving relative to how smart they are.


Illustrating students taking exams
There are practical solutions to overcoming the ‘roadblocks’ which can hinder your children.

Our approach to helping children who are underachieving is unique. We assess for and identify the underlying causes of underachievement - be they retained reflexes, difficulties with auditory processing or biochemical imbalances which make focussing difficult. We then treat these factors effectively, without using medications, to create long-term improvements in functioning.


We want children to thrive and grow in confidence, being the best they can be. The exciting news is that there are practical solutions to overcoming the ‘roadblocks’ which can get in the way of your child reaching their full potential. So their past need not define their future.


To find out more, get in touch with us here.