Saturday, 9 August 2014

School stress #1

The stress that schools put on their students is enough to make anyone break into a million pieces. Add to that a chronic illness and all hell will break loose.

I understand that schools/sixth forms/colleges are under a lot of pressure; they need their students to do well in exams as their funding kinda depends on it.
But that doesn't mean that they should put all of that pressure onto their students!

We are already under so much pressure, whether that’s from your family (them pushing you to do your best, but pushing you that little bit too much), or yourself (you want to do the best you can possibly do).

You don’t need you teachers making you do tests every week and them threatening to kick you out of school if you fail!

I was diagnosed with ME/CFS in year 8 (I was 12). During my secondary school years there were various problems with the school, mainly regarding my attendance.
Honestly, I don't think they ever really grasped the fact that I was really ill!
Most of the people my parents had to deal had never even met me to see the bags under my eyes, to see how pale I was, to even ask how I was feeling!

I took 5 GCSE’s, maths, double science, English language and ICT and RS combined to make the fifth.
This was recommended by the ME/CFS clinic, and my attendance at year 11 was around 25%.
I had to teach myself a lot of the information from the textbooks at home as I would be so far behind the other students in my class that i wouldn't be learning the same information as them.

This meant that when I was well enough to actually go into school and attend classes I was forever playing catch-up. I had no idea what was going on in the lesson, had no idea what the teacher was talking about. This made everything very hard.
I am a very positive person, (I think most people with chronic illnesses have to be) and quite easy going and that situation make me stressed!


My grades:
Maths- A
Double science- B
English Language- C
And ICT/RS – D

Extremely pleased with myself!!!

This was a couple of years ago now, but the other stressful school things that have happened after this would have made this a very long post so i will be doing a school stress #2 at some point. 

please comment with your experiences with education, would love to know what other people have or are experiencing

- Jess


  1. I'm sorry you had to go through this. I had a similar experience in school where my teachers didn't full understand my experience. I think it is mostly down to the fact that M.E. is not very well understood by the general public and that teachers are given very little advice! I bet were both glad to have it all behind us now!


  2. It must have been so tough to miss out on so much school, emotionally, socially and academically! Although I was ill during high school I kept up and luckily I didn't miss out on any of the fun things school offers. I really feel for any young person of school age with a chronic illness when the teachers don't understand the severity of it, and put more stress onto the student. You did so well to get those results! Well done Jess!


  3. Totally agree with you that all schools care about are your attendance! I was at a grammar school at the time so it was extra pressure to do well. Congrats on your results! You should be super proud of yourself