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Exam result guide

Results - Ofqual’s article about Exam Results 2023: 10 things to know about GCSE, AS and A level grades (which are returning to pre-pandemic standards).  - coping with exam results day, The Mix

Includes details about how exam results work, preparing for results day and what to do on and after results day.  - guide to A-level results day 2023, the Student Room

Information about when results are announced, how to get them and (for those wanting to go to university) accessing the Ucas hub and deciding to defer for a year. - short UCAS film about getting ready for results day and how clearing works. - what to do after results day, a guide to options by Complete University Guide  - exam results (including what to do if they’re not what were expected), Family Lives. - exam results stress (advice for young people), Young Minds.  - a letter to those expecting exam results, Blurt Foundation. 

(NB: The Blurt Foundation went in to administration earlier this year and its resources disappeared for some months; at least some of the resources appear to be back online now.)  - Dr Sheila Redfern’s advice on managing stress while waiting for results or to hear about college/university applications, short film from Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. - results day stress and mental health, tips and techniques from the Complete University Guide.  - short film from Shout, tips for parents on supporting children ahead of results day by Dr Dominique Thompson.  - recording of Youth Employment UK’s Results Day webinar (August 2023). - exam results, Childline. Information about results, telling parents, what to do if you’re unhappy with the results and more.  - results day advice, Youth Employment UK. Includes information for students expecting various results (GCSE, IGCSE, A-levels, Btec, T-Levels)   tips from teachers and young people, how to support your child on results day, careers ideas and information for anyone not going to university.  - GCSE and Nationals results day 2023: looking after your mental health, BBC Bitesize. Tips and advice from Dr Radha to make results day as stress free as possible.  - exam results day, Papyrus (NB: trigger warning, mentions suicide)


Anyone who needs some mental health support because of results (or anything else) can get help 24/7 by texting Shout to 85258 ( 


Careers (and deciding what to do after exams) - BBC Bitesize careers. Includes information about results day, a section for those who don’t know what they want to do, job inspiration, CVs and applying for jobs (scroll down).  - national careers service; includes skills assessment, exploring careers and finding a course.  It’s possible to speak to an adviser by phone (free) or webchat (includes Exam Results Helpline 17th August - 1st September) - Not Going To Uni information for parents. Includes tips for starting a career conversation with young people.  - not going to uni (alternative career routes for school and college leavers)  - National Careers Service online skills assessment tool (takes 10 - 15 minutes, matches answers to possible jobs/careers) - Complete University Guide




Apprenticeships - debunking some myths about about apprenticeships  - apprenticeships, Government site (includes link to resource hub)



University (or delaying it)  -, UCAS information about results - Clearing guide for parents, UCAS  - BTEC results day 2023, The Uni Guide -  complete university guide (scroll down for information about results and clearing) - gap years, everything a parent needs to know  - Expert clearing  advice, The Uni Guide

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