students are anxiously awaiting their GCSE or A Level results this month. This year
has been like no other and students all over the country have missed out on
taking their exams due to lock down. This means that teachers and lecturers
have had to grade pupils based on the work they have done so far. For many students
who struggle in exam situations this news has been very welcomed, but for
others who maybe didn’t have the best start to the year, they may find
themselves missing out.
six months may have been very difficult for some students, especially if they
find working from home hard or don’t have a great home life. They may of struggled
to get all the coursework done that they needed to and may of found it hard to
manage their time effectively. There will be a lot of catching up required when
students do return but for those who were in their final year, its now straight
into the real world of job hunting.
the students obtain may be needed to help them progress into further education or
possibly into an apprenticeship or fulltime job. Universities have set grades
that they expect students to achieve to be allowed on to a course and if these
are not met this month, then the students will have to go through what is known
into education can see like a backstep for some, but often you must go back to
be able to go forward. Investing the time to go back in to education can open
up a whole new world to you and allow you to go in to careers that were simply
not available to you before. When it
comes to working or further education after school, you often have a number of
options open to you. The government now states that any child reaching the age
of 16 must stay in full-time education, for example at a college, start an
apprenticeship or traineeship or spend 20 hours or more a week working or
volunteering, while in part-time education or training. This is until they
reach the age of 18.
If this law
was not in play when you left school, you may have chosen to not to stay on at
school and complete GCSE’s or do A-levels. This may mean that you do not have
the qualifications to go straight into a degree. Often if you can do a simple one year access
course at college which will get you back in to learning and give you an idea
of what adult learning is like. you may decide that a college setting is more
for you so you chose to enrol in one of those.
With many students looking like they may finish their school
year early this year, there is already a number of people looking for work. The
main issue that school leavers are going to face is that there is likely to be
a lot more competition for jobs as lots of people have found themselves out for
work due to the lockdown situation.
As an employer, when you look to recruit a new member of staff you will need to
think carefully about what skills and experience they need to have if any. If
the job requires little skill and experience then you may decide to employ a
Some employers are reluctant to employ school leavers, thinking that they may
be unreliable and require too much time and resources to train them up as they
are not used to the work environment, but this is often far from the case. Many
young people who leave school to work want to find themselves a career and are
often willing to go above and beyond to prove themselves. You can also then
train them up in the way that you want them to work rather than have to try and
retain someone that is sued to working a different way for another company.
When you are
working as a supply teacher either for a school that you are familiar with or
through an agency it is not always clear what your responsibilities are beyond
the obvious ones of teaching the class and making sure that safeguarding
guidelines are followed to the letter. Some schools have a clear policy on what
they expect of a supply teacher but many haven’t so if you want to be offered
work on a regular basis it is important that you create the right impression
and fulfil the duties expected of you in a particular school.
teachers whose classes you cover will leave work for the children to do and
expect this to be carried out as their guidance. This is especially the case
with older children who often have a fixed curriculum to cover in a given
timeframe. If this is the case it is important to carry out the teacher’s
instructions as fully as possible. A brief note to the teacher outlining how
the day went is a valuable way to communicate but should focus on the positive
aspects if possible.
a supply teacher is needed to cover for an unexpected absence no work has been
allocated so it is a good idea to have lessons up your sleeve that can be
adapted to the age group you are teaching. Always mark any work that either you
or the teacher has set, checking with the school marking policy or a senior
member of staff if in doubt as to the level of marking required.
people the thought of sitting exams fills them with dread and prevents them
from achieving their academical potential as they avoid studying subjects that
require a final exam assessment. There are however steps that can be taken to
minimise this anxiety and make the prospect of sitting an exam less stressful
prepared for the exam by having revised appropriately can help to boost
confidence as can being part of a study group where revision is shared by
students undertaking the same course.
On the day
of the exam it is vital to have had sufficient sleep the night before even
though this may seem difficult. By using relaxation techniques and meditation
this is achievable. Eating a healthy but light meal is a good idea and keeping
hydrated with water or juice is also advisable.
exercises have been shown to relieve anxiety symptoms and instructions for how
to perform them correctly can be found online. Arriving ten minutes early to
the exam location is advisable as nothing builds tension like rushing in at the
last minute but avoid talking to others who may be showing anxiety instead play
a game on your phone or read a magazine.
that most people feel nervous before tests and reward yourself with a treat
when the exam is over.