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Supporting your child with their GCSE results

August 21, 2023
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GCSE Results Day is fast approaching, which is an exciting, but also daunting experience. It’s not just students who need to be aware of what it means and how to handle it best. As a parent or guardian, you can influence how the day goes and help advise on the next steps for your child.

We’ve put together this blog to help you prepare for GCSE Results Day and our tips to support your child!

Support their wellbeing

Your child may feel stressed or nervous in the build-up to receiving their results. The best thing that you can do is support them during this time and reassure that no matter how the results turn out, there are always options to making that next step. Creating a trusting environment where you encourage them to share how they are feeling will help to calm students before they collect their results.

Encourage them to take care of themselves physically and mentally by doing activities they enjoy, going outside and getting fresh air and having a healthy sleeping schedule. Carrying out positive practices such as these beforehand will help to ease their stress.

Help them to create a plan of what’s next

Regardless of how your child has performed in their exams, researching, and knowing the next steps for your child is important.

At Middlesbrough College we have a broad range of courses that suit all different skill sets including A Levels, T Levels, Vocational courses, and Apprenticeships. No matter what their results are, we are here to support your child in achieving their ambitions. If things don’t go to plan there are always ways of still making the next step towards their career goals.

Please encourage your child to complete their online enrolment and to come to the College for the enrolment appointment. Even if they haven’t achieved the grades they need for their first-choice course, please encourage them to come along and our friendly team will support them to find an appropriate course that will help them achieve their career ambitions.

Our Careers Team are also available for drop-in appointments during enrolment. Please come along to speak to our qualified team of professionals who will be able to provide impartial advice and guidance.

Avoid putting a lot of pressure on your child

As a parent or guardian, it’s only natural that you want your child to achieve the very best they can. Before GCSE Results Day, take into consideration that these are the first real academic exams your child has sat and therefore no matter how results turn out, be proud! The build up to exams, sitting them, and waiting for results can be a highly stressful time for GCSE students, so showing that you are supportive, and understanding will make a substantial difference to how they feel.

These exams are a great opportunity to start to understand what type of learning environment and subjects are best suited to help your child thrive in their career ambitions. Overall, look at GCSE Results Day as a positive experience and an opportunity to learn what is best for your child and what they should do next.

Any concerns you may have yourself, at enrolment our careers and support teams will be here to support you and your child to answer any questions you may have. For any further information about enrolment or if you would like to get in touch with our team beforehand follow this link:

From everyone at Middlesbrough College, we wish your child the best of luck for their results and look forward to seeing all our new upcoming students at enrolment!