Dinner conversation shocker
It was a conversation I had over dinner last week with my step-daughter- currently doing A-levels that completely took me by surprise. Thinking I knew the current situation about education, school closures and lost learning, the impact of hearing a personal account rendered me speechless. Hearing from young people what this situation is like ‘on the ground’ as it were, really shocked me. Many of her friends have been turned down from their University choices despite being predicted As and A*s, mostly due to students who deferred from last year, creating an educational bottleneck that is likely to continue for 2 to 3 years.
It is no wonder, that students are anxious. There’s so much uncertainty and the conversation about fairness on a global and national scale resounds loudly.
Undoubtedly, the hardest hit students of all in the COVID-19 pandemic are our current GCSE and A-Level students. With so much content untaught, it is hard to see how both the DfE, schools and Ofqual can come up with a solution that is going to be fair to everyone.
The Education Secretary recently commissioned an enquiry into how students will get a fair grade this year. Every educator is, of course, breathing a sigh of relief that there is no algorithm decision and whilst waiting to hear the outcome, we have been making plans to help as many GCSE and A-Level students as possible. Whilst we wait for the announcement due next week, we have realised there is no time to sit on our laurels and that we have to take action to help!
GCSEs and A-Levels are pivotal exams
During my school-based career, and now as an educational consultant, I find myself often having the conversation about exams. Understandably, parents worry that their child is going to be judged unfavourably or experience extreme stress. I generally always find myself giving the ‘sage’ advice that really- “GCSE’s and A-Levels- they are the results that matter,” in the hope, of course, of putting things into context and helping parents to feel less concerned. Now that context is in sharp focus and here at Elite Tutors Sussex we have been considering what we can do to help.
That is why we have just released our GCSE and A-Level tutor packages, aimed at supporting students to be the best they can be whether results are based on teacher assessments for course work, school-based written exams or a combination, students need to be proving what they are capable of every step of the way throughout the next few months.
Get a tutor onboard
The smartest approach, of course, is to get an expert on your team. The qualified teachers that we introduce you to are experts in their field, some have even been examiners and most have years of GCSE experience. Graduate tutors are also experts in their field and can bring out the best in your teenager, understanding the difficulties of the current context well. Having an online or face to face tutor can have a significant impact on how your child feels about their abilities and will help them to feel confident that they are making good progress and doing everything they can to get the best results.
Education Consultant and Company Director