It’s the final countdown for students who will see their nervous wait end on Thursday 22nd August when they receive their GCSE results. But for those teachers who are anxious about how well their students have fared in the exams there is advice at hand from an assistant headteacher who believes it’s time to put those common worries aside: ‘…Yes, grade boundaries could climb sharply on any given year. But movements tend to be small, because principal examiners work to write papers of the same difficulty each year. Ultimately, the grade boundary is out of your control, so isn’t worth the energy worrying about it. …GCSE results reflect the years of schooling a child has received in a given subject. And the context of what went before you can be as important as what happened in your class. Teachers rarely let pupils down. Did you teach the full specification? Did you have high expectations? Did you try to deal with behaviour issues and motivate your students to learn?’ Mark Roberts is an assistant headteacher in the South West of England. Have you stopped worrying about your students’ exam results? Should schools do more to reassure teachers that they have done a good job teaching the exam specification and ensure that staff are not anxious about how well their students have done?