GCSE Results Impact On Young People’s Aspirations

GCSE results day has come and gone for another year, but how do young people really view their results?  Perhaps more importantly  than we think, according to new research by the Prince’s Trust.

One of the most surprising findings is that those with fewer than five GCSE grades A*-C show that 45% believe their life would have improved if they had done better at school, 26% think that their exam results will hold them back, 34% predict they will end up on benefits, and 20% have abandoned their ambitions altogether [from this article].

For me, it is shocking that at 16, so many young people can become despondent about their future and significantly lower their aspirations.  Rather they should have the attitude that anything is possible.  But how can we help them to do this?

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