GCSE Results: Advice For Parents

Education | by | 24th Aug 2016

Boys getting their GCSE Results

Thursday 25th August 2016 is GCSE Results Day. You probably know that already, if you’ve got a 15 or 16 year old at home.

GCSE Results Day can be a nervy time for young people and even for parents but with a few quick tips, here’s how you can support your daughter or son.

1. Don’t panic

This applies to both you and offspring! No matter what results they get, there are always options open.

  • Remind them it’s not the end of the world if they didn’t get the results they hoped for – lots of successful people didn’t get the results they wanted either
  • Support them to think carefully about what is it they really want to do
  • These results can be a point in their life where they can look at other possibilities – this could be an exciting and positive turning point
  • Remember, people can always re-sit exams

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2. Contacting their choices

If your son or daughter is planning on doing A-Levels but didn’t get the GCSE results they needed, then everything is not lost. They should contact the school or college they were going to and see if they will still accept them. Their school can also help by talking through different options. So have the relevant college’s number to hand on the day.

3. Contacting other colleges and talk it through

You can also encourage your child to call around other colleges and see their availability.

The school’s careers advisor should be on hand and in the school on GCSE results day to provide support to pupils and students. Teachers are usually present as well. Careers Wales can offer advice too, and their number is 0800 028 4844. It’s important that they talk through these options with friends, family and teachers.

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4. Considering other options

Studying for A-Levels isn’t the only option for young people leaving school. Other avenues you can explore with your daughter or son can include other types of qualifications, apprenticeships or employment. Remember there is always resits too.

5. Be positive and supportive

If they open their envelopes and don’t get the GCSE results they wanted it can feel like the worst news in the world, but in a few years time they might be pleased with the results they got. Although exams are important, they’re not the be all and end all. Your son or daughter may not want to hear that on Thursday, but it’s important that you’re positive and supportive. Signpost them to some of the links below, as well as have important phone numbers to hand and be there for them.

Useful links for young people on GCSE Results Day


Meic – Information, advice and advocacy helpline for children and young people in Wales – Phone: 080880 23456 – text: 84001 – IM

Careers Wales Logo for A-Levels Results Day Article

Careers Wales (in particular their Where Now? Guide) – Free careers information and advice for young people, adults, parents, employers and professionals in Wales – Phone 0800 028 4844 – IM

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UCAS’s Exam Results Helpline – Free, independent advice, on what to do next – 0808 100 8000. Also check their blog.

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The Mix – Essential support for Under 25s – Freephone 0808 808 4994 – IM. Check their Results Day and FAQ: Gap Years articles.

Finally here’s a quick recap for parents from Careers Wales

Results Tips For Parents from Careers Wales


Want to find out about services available to you and your child in your area? Would you like to chat about family matters in general? Then get in touch with the FamilyPoint Cymru helpline.

  • Phone: 0300 222 57 57
  • Text: 07860 052 905
  • Instant message (see top of page)

We are open 6pm – 10pm Monday to Thursday and 10am – 2pm Friday & Saturday.

Cover Photo Credit: hammersmithandfulham via Compfight cc

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