Parents must accompany children to collect their exam results, a Good Schools Guide director has said, following reforms that have led to the toughest tests in a generation. The Telegraph reports.
Even if teenagers want to pick up their results alone, mothers and fathers must insist on going in case anything has gone wrong, according to Bernadette John.
“Quite often children might want to go on their own or with friends. But I would say go with them, if anything has gone awry, get in and sort it out straight away,” she said.
She advised parents to accompany their child to school, then “skulk around the corner” while they go in to pick up their results, adding: “I drove in my son and sat in school car park which was packed with mums.”
Changes were also made to A-levels in response to criticism from universities that school leavers were arriving insufficiently prepared for the rigours of higher education.
In the case of A-level results, students may need to act quickly if they missed their grades and need to secure a place via clearing.
“I think it is a big jolt for parents. You are so used to thinking you should sort out everything for your child. You need to recognise when they are 18, universities won’t talk to the parents anyway.”
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