Education Authority (EA) Chairperson Sharon O’Connor has commended students receiving their GCSE results this week and wished them well in the next stage of their educational journey. “The publication of the GCSE results is a significant milestone in the educational calendar,”
said EA Chairperson Sharon O’Connor who spent the morning with pupils and staff at Sperrin Integrated College in Magherafelt.
“Young people across Northern Ireland are anxiously and excitedly waiting to hear if they have achieved the results that will take them on the next stage of their journey, either moving into sixth form in school or beginning study in a Further Education College or Training Organisation.
“I congratulate each young person receiving results and wish them all the very best, whatever they decide to do next. For those students whose grades weren’t what they had expected, I would assure them that there are other options available to them in education, training or apprenticeship programmes that provide for a range of career pathways.”
EA Director of Education John Collings paid tribute to the hard work of all the young people receiving results today and praised the dedication of school staff who have supported their pupils throughout their school journey.
“For many young people, GCSE results reflect years of hard work and commitment,” said Mr Collings.
“The Education Authority would like to take this opportunity to congratulate staff in schools for their professionalism and dedication in supporting our young people in their GCSE achievements.
“Behind each of the young people receiving results this week, there are people who have supported them tirelessly and I would commend everyone who has contributed to helping them achieve their goals.”
The EA Director of Education also offered advice to students who did not achieve the grades they hoped for: “Although this can be a stressful time for young people and their families, education and careers advice is available from staff in schools, Further Education Colleges and through the Careers Service website https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/campaigns/results.”
Some practical next steps for students to consider:
- Schedule a meeting with an appropriate member of staff in your school to get advice on what to do next, particularly if you have not obtained the grades that you planned for or if you have achieved better than you expected;
- If you have narrowly missed a grade boundary speak to your subject teacher to see if it is worth requesting a remark;
- If your grades fall short of the requirements for the school, college or training organisation that you applied for; speak to the appropriate staff to find out whether they will still give you a place on your chosen course. Even if you have not achieved the grades required for the course you may still be able to get a place on another similar course;
- Make use of all the support that is on offer and don’t rush into making decisions, sometimes you will just be taking a different route to the career that you have always been interested in following.