We've been asking readers their advice for students at 16 as part of the i paper's Back to School campaign. Here's a selection of the best:
Steve McCann from Manchester: Posh accents do not indicate intelligence. At all.
Luke Smith from Leeds: As someone bullied at school, I would offer the pupils the insight that life does get better.
Fiona Potigny from Exeter: It’s a cliché, but be adventurous. Try new things. Take every opportunity. Don’t let fear of not being good enough hold you back from taking a leap – so many things I would have been involved in had I not felt this way.