Students Promised Support on Results Day

As 16 year olds across England and Wales await their GCSE results, education charity Future Frontiers says there’s a ‘lottery of opportunity’ for disadvantaged children who don’t achieve 5 grades C and above.

Over half of all London 16 year olds leave school after GCSEs and in the rest of England, the proportion is even higher, with 70% switching to another form of higher education.

For the first time ever, students on the Future Frontiers new Key Stage 4 programme are promised support on results day to make sure they can access the best opportunity that’s right for them.

Why does this matter? Because if you’re not in the minority staying at school and taking A levels - the provision of post 16 education is a patchwork of the good, the bad and the indifferent, and navigating this landscape is a minefield for the students involved.

‘Students who don’t pass the entrance criteria to stay on at Sixth Forms face a complex and bewildering array of post 16 education options. Even specialists in the field describe it as confusing and overwhelming’, says Founder and CEO of Future Frontiers, Dominic Baker.

‘Timing is crucial and there’s often a mad scramble on results day, with a very short space of time between them finding out their grades, and enrolling on courses. So we’re delighted to be piloting on the day career support with students at Lilian Baylis Technology School in Kennington.

Careers Adviser Miriam Keith has been integral to the development of the new pilot.

‘GCSE results day can often be overwhelming and confusing for students that fail to get the grades needed to progress to their chosen post-16 pathway. Without robust advice and guidance in place, many young people will choose unsuitable courses, which can have a huge impact on their future educational and career options. ‘

Gary Phillips, Head teacher at Lilian Baylis, says the support provided by Future Frontiers is essential.

‘By providing additional support on GCSE results day, we can ensure that students are supported to make informed, ambitious choices about their next steps, and are guided through what can be a complicated and challenging process.’