Posted by Elizabeth Clarke on 07/08/2014. Tags: Education And Politics
With this year’s Leaving Cert results due to be released next Wednesday 13th August, tension and stress
levels are understandably running high among Leaving Cert families. However, The Institute of Guidance Counsellors (ICG) has advised students and parents to stay calm ahead of next week’s results.
Speaking on the topic, ICG president Betty McLaughlin put particular emphasis on the need for parents to take a step back from the occassion.
She said “Parents need to take a step back sometimes because it’s their children’s Leaving Certificate, and just be there to support them. Let them come to their own conclusions about what they want to do with their futures at this stage,” All too often, parents put immense pressure on exam students in relation to results and their choices for the future.
It is important to keep in mind that there are a number of different options for students should they be disappointed
with their results. Ms McLaughlin highlighted a number of options, including enrolling in a Post Leaving Certificate course (PLC) or even repeating the exams. However, with regard to repeating
the Leaving Cert, Ms Mclaughlin said students should only go ahead “if they have a definite plan and are doing it for the right reason.”
While students are inclined to head out partying
after results, parents and students are advised to keep up to date even after results day by taking note of the important dates for CAO offers and acceptance deadlines, as well as details on appealing exam grades and applying for student grants.
Schooldays.ie provides a dedicated Leaving Cert's Results Resources
page with information on all the important dates , helplines and resources available.