Students praised for hard work and encouraged to explore their options on results day

Students praised for hard work and encouraged to explore their options on results day

Schools have worked hard to support students during the COVID-19 lockdown as young people had to study at home and could no longer take their exams. As students receive their results today they are being reminded there is a wide range of support out there to support next steps.

Conservative Cllr Laura Mayes, Cabinet Member for Children, Education and Skills said: "I want to recognise the incredible dedication of our schools and our hard working students, who faced unprecedented disruption and uncertainties in their GCSE year. You have all done an amazing job.

"Congratulations to all those receiving results today despite the extraordinary circumstances. If the results are not what you expected and you are unsure of your plans for September, there is help and support out there, so I would encourage you to explore the opportunities and help available as you consider your next steps."

  • Talk to your school, college or education setting first, they know you well and will be able to advise you of your best options.
  • Research the local offer, the Work Wiltshire website is a good place to start workwiltshire.co.uk/young/
  • You can speak to an Education, Employment Adviser at Young Work Wiltshire today from 10am to 4:30pm and again on Monday 24 August. People can call them on 01225 716890. You can also contact them by email workwilts@wiltshire.gov.uk or by following on Twitter @WorkWiltshire
  • National Careers Service
  1. ExamResults Helpline 2020 from 12 August to 28 August, daily from 8am to 10pm on 0800 100 900
  2. nationalcareers.service.gov.uk.  Call 0800 100 900 or use webchat.
  3. With school leavers missing out on the opportunity to visit careers fairs in person this year, the National Careers Service is bringing the fair to them with a virtual careers fair.
  4. Tuesday 25 August Options at 16 event the Eventbrite booking page can be found here.
  • Careermap Useful resource with a results day guide.
  • The Uni guide advice with what to expect and do on results day.
  • If you are aged 16-17 and are finding it hard to stay in education or to find a place for September then please register for support with our Education, Employment Advisers workwiltshire.co.uk/young/support/

Support and information is available from schools about sixth form and from all local colleges about further education courses. The Work Wiltshire website also offers advice about further education or apprenticeships (workwiltshire.co.uk/apprenticeships/). There is also a dedicated parents page to help support young people in their care make the decision with choices post-16.

by Charlie Monro,