“If I can do it - you can do it!” Exams living with Cerebral Palsy

“If I can do it - you can do it!” Exams living with Cerebral Palsy
Ellise with student from Priory Community School Academy

By Ellise Hollie Hayward, Jill Dando News Disabilities Correspondent

“If I can do it, you can do it.’

One of my massive achievements is sitting my GCSEs in secondary school. I was very lucky to have attended an amazing secondary school, I was supported, included and listened to as a person.

I sat my GCSEs in year 11 just like any other student. I had my own room with my support and an invigilator. My support scribed and read my questions for me. I was allowed regular breaks and extra time. 

Ellise with Mr Speaker

Just try your best! It's what everyone is asking from you.

It's not the end of the world if you haven't reached the grade that you wanted.

Don't freak out when you first read the question, I know from experience. The question may look so complicated, but once you break down the question and re read it again, it may make more sense.

Moving to a college from a school is the most scariest thing that a student can ever go through.

It’s really hard to choose and know what you want to be in the future. There are so many resources guides and support for you and your family throughout your journey. This will really help you to find out what you need to do to get where you want to be.

You’re not alone. There are so many amazing teachers and lecturers who you can talk to. 

I may have some brain damage. But I am me. I have never ever known anything different, and I think I am very lucky to be here.

My family and friends treat me the same as everyone else.

I’m now a motivational and public speaker, a disabilities correspondent and an EDI and AAC Ambassador who loves to help others and raise awareness about the difficulties around disabilities and additional needs.

As for someone who has a physical condition, it doesn't stop me from achieving my ambitions.

Setting myself goals and breaking down the steps to achieve my aspirations.

It's ok to ask for help and take a step back to recharge. Just remember to always do your best!

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