“Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.” | Portsmouth High School teenagers are finding their independence

“Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.”

Usually teenagers are finding their independence and working on their future at this stage in their life especially those in Year 11 and 13.

This has halted during the last year. They are not socialising or meeting up with friends and worst of all they feel out of control of their destiny because the format of public examinations are still uncertain. There is a consultation led by Ofqual asking for views and opinions and I encourage all those affected, parents, students and staff to complete the survey via the link below.

Joint consultation with Ofqual on how GCSE, AS and A level grades should be awarded in summer 2021

Considering the immense pressure these young people are under they have demonstrated remarkable resilience. They have shown incredible adaptability. It is essential students know there are many sources of support in school if they feel the need to talk or ask for help even in lockdown. They may want reassurance about the summer assessments; at this stage the advice is to keep working as normal. There is no special emphasis on any individual piece of work or test and we accept they will perform better in some than others.

In the words of Arthur Ashe, the tennis player, “Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can”.