Imagine if you could go back in time and know then what you know now. Wouldn’t it be great?

Over the last month, teens in care and care leavers from all over the UK have been taking part in our #dearyoungerme campaign by writing postcards to their younger selves. They’ve shared some wonderful, inspiring and heartfelt messages, words of encouragement, and advice – all the things they wish they’d have known earlier. Their messages touch on a wide range of themes, including relationships, confidence, stigma, education and mental health.

Here is a selection of the best postcards below around the theme of ‘school and education’.

I would stick in school, be a better person do things like hobbies and I would be very very good! 🙂

Don’t stress over exams. Keep your head down revising and revise in advance.

I would of got help before everything got bad. Also stuck in when I was in primary and leading up to year 10.

Do better in school.

I would like to learn more at school and study / revise more. I want to be more clever than I am, I would love a unicorn and also be a better me than today.

I believe you have the potential to be a great person, not only at home but at school.

Don’t get involved with illegal things. Focus on your school work and try not to get involved with the wrong group of people. You create your own path!

Work harder and believe in yourself. Follow your dreams and never give up!

Learn as many skills as you can when moving out. Learn how to cook, clean, pay bills and do whatever is needed [to be] done to make it easier for yourself.

Just stick in and keep working hard, your hard work will eventually pay off!

Thank you to everyone who took part in this campaign. Join the discussion on Twitter and Instagram using #dearyoungerme.