Teenagers to Make a Stand on Results Day
Most A-level candidates will receive their results next Thursday, while GCSE results are due out on Thursday 22 August.
Teenagers are being warned to keep “assertive” parents away from the telephone as they try to secure university places after getting their results. The Girls’ Schools Association, which represents around 180 private schools, said parents increasingly saw it as their duty to take over on results day but the GSA said this risked sending out the incorrect message to universities. The GSA’s advice to teenagers is that they should take the lead themselves rather than letting their parents handle it.
Results day is followed by the clearing process which sees would-be undergraduates matched to spare places on degree courses, this year it is expected that more universities will use the clearing system due to government changes to admissions rules mean institutions will be able to recruit additional students with top grades – ABB or better.
Results day is not the time to be nervous on the telephone and it’s certainly not the day for letting your parents fight your battles for you, if you have to ring universities to confirm or renegotiate your place, it goes without saying that it must be you who calls. A factor to consider is that allowing your parents to call on your behalf could quite possibly send the wrong message about your maturity and commitment. Needless to say, parents should still be a part of the process as they can provide support that can only be of help to their children, but it’s true that sometimes they need to step back.
For instance, if a mother or father makes the phone call to a university, then suggests that they have a child who may need spoon-feeding, a trait which is commonly disconcerting to universities. However, that doesn’t mean parents should just step back and leave their children to get on with it; if their child has just missed a university place they will be upset and need guidance, try to boost their confidence and leave them to make the call themselves.
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We wish the best to all prospective students.