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GCSE results. What's next?

Published: 20 August 2020

Exam results

Where to go next if your teenager has received their GCSE results

GCSE students will be receiving their results with even more trepidation than usual this year, following the changes made as a result of Covid-19. Here in Surrey, we want every young person to have the best chance of securing their place in higher education or employment. Schools, colleges and training providers are working hard to adapt and ensure they can offer young people a suitable place on their courses.

If they haven't received the grades they were originally told they needed

They can talk to the school, college or training provider where they were planning to go to in the first instance. They may still be able to offer them a place on the same or a similar course or offer them an alternative. Otherwise, talk to other colleges and training establishments about what they can offer. Check their websites and social media for local colleges and sixth forms in schools, or give them a call. Some will be offering drop-in or online sessions to chat.

It could be a great opportunity to change direction

Think about what interests them and what they enjoy doing. Check out apprenticeships and traineeships. They could offer a great way into a future career. If you're not sure what to do, the National Careers Service can help. Phone it's Exam Results Helpline on 0800 100900.

If the young person has been in care, support is at hand from the Surrey Virtual School. If they're unsure about next steps into education, training or work, they can ask their carer or social worker to contact the Surrey Virtual School on 0208 541 7761. They will be happy to help.

If you are unhappy with the grades you've been given

Talk to your school about what to do. All the advice on what to do next, from appeals to next steps is on the Government website Student Guide to Post 16 Qualification Results.

And remember, lots of young people are in the same boat this year. Schools and colleges understand the difficulties and are working to put on the right courses for the right people. There will be a course of study or training to suit. It's not always easy when the future is uncertain. Talk to friends and family and, if they're finding it unsettling, they can chat to professional counsellors and other young people about thoughts and feelings, online on the Kooth website.

If you're a parent or carer, you can find helpful tips and about exams in the Parents Support Brochure on the Xen Zone website.

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