GCSE results and A Level results after coronavirus

Getting GCSE or A Level results is a difficult time for teenagers under “normal” circumstances. This year it is likely to be even more worrying for young people.

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Tips for parents

There are things you can do to make this stressful time a bit easier on your child, such as:

  • Be there to listen and talk whenever your child needs you – sometimes you might need to start the conversation.
  • Create a results day plan.
  • Talk positively about opportunities and options.
  • Be proud of their achievements and the work they put in.
  • Try to understand their anxious feelings.
  • Be there to celebrate any success, small or large.
  • Look at all options available for the results they have and future they want.
  • Speak to the school. Although so much is unclear, they will be able to share the facts with you, not hearsay.

Practical tips for your child

Talk to your child and encourage them to:

  • Not panic, there are lots of options such as apprenticeships, foundation degrees, other potential courses.
  • Take the time to process their results and what that means. Don’t rush into decisions.
  • Be proud of what they have achieved in such difficult and unusual times.
  • Celebrate what they have achieved with family and friends
  • Discuss their options with you if they didn’t get the results they hoped for
  • Contact their chosen choice of further education or course
  • Speak to their school or college about resits if this is what they want to do.
  • Speak to the National Careers Service for careers advice.

Helping your child to look after themselves

As well as the practical things you can do to support your child through this stressful time, there are things you can encourage your child to do in order to look after themselves. Such as:

  • Talk to a trusted family member or friend about how they are feeling.
  • Set aside ‘worry time’ for one part of the day, if anxious feelings are getting out of control.
  • Write down what is and isn’t in their control.
  • Get enough sleep and time away from their screens.
  • Try mindfulness and breathing exercises.
  • Remember they are not alone, they have a support network there to help them.


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