Exams have been cancelled around the world for a second year running. For most students the word ‘exam’ has meant a gruelling combination of mock exams and continual assessment. This week, The School Show invited two leaders into the studio to offer their best advice to every student (and parent!) nervously awaiting exam results.
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The School Show podcast returns for the last time this academic year, and this time, our host, Jenny Mollon, spoke to two school leaders on the hot topic of exam results. Joining Jenny in the studio were Steve McLuckie, Executive Principal of the Australian International School, Sharjah, and Thomas Moriarty, Head of Sixth Form at GEMS Wellington Academy, Al Khail.
At the Australian International School, students will soon receive either their Australian Curriculum qualifications or their IB results, whilst at GEMS Wellington Academy, Al Khail two cohorts of students are awaiting either their GCSE, BTEC or A Level results.
In this episode of The School Show we hear Jenny, Steve and Thomas discuss:
What this year has been like for exam students
How have your students (and teachers!) have coped with the pressure
Our advice for young people feeling nervous or stressed awaiting their exam results?
How parents can support their children as they await their results
Arrangements for receiving exam results this year – have things changed due to Covid?
What to do if the results are not what you expected (for better or worse)?
Appealing exam results
Next steps and confirming university entrance
Deferring university entry or taking a year out
How can parents help their children to prepare for the next stage in life, whether it is university, work, gap year or on the job training
...and lastly, Jenny asks our guests whether they got the exam results they wanted. Their answers might just surprise you! The School Show will return in September with more great guests and education chat. Huge thanks to everyone who has tuned in to this first series! Catch up on any episodes you may have missed with the links below.