Should parents relax with students at Christmas – or tell them to revise?

Many sixth-form students have exams to study for and a Ucas deadline looming. A father considers whether they can afford to take a break over the festive season.

 may be coming, but like many parents I’m secretly hoping the festive season isn’t going to be quite as jolly as my sixth-former has planned.

It’s not so much the family events, or the exchanging of presents that irks, but the worry my almost grown-up child may feel the pressure to party the holidays away just at the point when he needs to have his mind on some serious studying.



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