Should I stay or should I go? Post-GCSE options

Post-GCSE options

Start

If the answer is a resounding ‘Go!’ remember that there is no longer the option to wave a cheery goodbye to formal education after GCSEs. Since September 2013 it is compulsory for all young people to remain in some kind of education or training until the age of 18. Many students choose to stay on at the same school and glide seamlessly into advanced level study. Some move because their school doesn’t have a sixth form or doesn’t offer the desired subjects. Others are ready for a change, whether it’s to experience the delights of co-education or to make a fresh start with new faces. In the last few years increasing numbers of students have decided that a vocational diploma course or apprenticeship is a better fit for their skills and interests than the standard A level and university route.

A change for the better?

New surroundings and teachers can reinvigorate a flagging school career and for many it’s a chance to ditch an undeserved reputation along with school uniform and least favourite subjects. One parent told us, ‘My son grew up overnight, college has been the making of him. It used to be so hard to get him up in time for school but now even though he has to leave earlier he never misses the bus.’

Better the devil you know?

There is also, of course, much to be said for staying put: teachers who know you, the opportunity to take on positions of responsibility, the security of familiar faces and surroundings. According to the head of one sixth form, ‘Every year some of the students who left after GCSEs phone and ask to come back. College hasn’t lived up to their expectations or they are struggling with independent study and less support. For some the travelling is just too much.’


Finding The Right Nursery School For Your Child
'There is a forest school nursery in Manchester that is so popular you absolutely have to register during pregnancy.' A good nursery will give your child a great start in life but...

Nurseries And Early Years - Your Questions Answered
All work and no play? All play and no work? Or something inbetween? Whatever you choose, think safety first.  Nursery / early years education should be an exciting, important,...


Should I stay or should I go? Post-GCSE options
Post-GCSE options If the answer is a resounding ‘Go!’ remember that there is no longer the option to wave a cheery goodbye to formal education after GCSEs. Since September...

Sixth Form Carry On?
Sex, money, grades, opportunity and freedom are among commonly quoted reasons for moving schools at sixth form, but when is a move wise, and when is it best to stay put?   The...


University Information On The GSG Web
University information from schools and universities University data Ever wondered who goes where, from which schools and to study what? On this website we carry extensive information...

University Challenge
Finding the best...       Not only do we offer a series of starting points to help you consider which course at what uni, but we now feature, on this website, unique...


10 Ways To Spot A Gifted Child
    Gifted children are not ‘young Einsteins’ or geniuses in the making but children with above average intelligence who have the capacity to achieve well...

Educating The Gifted Child
  Gifted is one of a number of issues in education that cause the blood to stir. For some 'Gifted' is an elitist concept that beggars definition; others do not see what all...


Inspection Reports From Ofsted And Others
  As with most reports, there’s a code to decipher and a few questions to ask. The local school gets a glowing report, yet you know half the population are banned from...

Child protection
With reports of schools refusing to let parents attend sports days or take photos of their children in nativity plays, it can be easy to assume to child protection policies can over-rule...


Bullied? Help Advice And Support For You And Your Child
  Virtually all children have arguments at some time, these may be verbal or result in 'fisticuffs', this is usually just part of normal childhood behaviour. It does not mean...

Ten Signs Your Child May Have Special Educational Needs
The SEN system may be in a state of flux but don't let bureaucracy prevent you seeking help for your child. It's thought that approximately 20 per cent of children have special needs...


The Exploding Curriculum
How do parents decide what's right for their child? What qualifications are ultimately valued by universities, colleges and employers? Which exams and curricula will prove 'good...

Curricula And Exams For 13+ (Middle Years)
Pre-16 curricula and examinations   GCSEs remain the default choice for the majority of schools at 16 plus. Although their tougher cousins, IGCSEs, have recently received full...


Schools And The Law: Parent Power Prevails
When things go wrong... "Johnny must go!" declared the Head . "Yessir", responded the father meekly. That was in the old days. Now,the father says "Why?" Peter Woodroffe, Education...

Problems At School - Sources of Help And Advice
Need an academic boost? See our section on Tutors and Tutoring For advice on problems relating to Special Educational Needs, see our extensive SEN section. Please note SEN law is in...




Register for our Newsletter...

Go >

...and receive our FREE expert guide to Tutors!