Tens of thousands of students have picked up their A-level results and learned whether they can move on to further education, training or a job.
Tonight, August 15, ITV News Tyne Tees starts with those heading to university. While the take-up here remains one of the best in the country, the number of pupils getting places at what are regarded as the top universities remains low.
Dan Ashby, our Education Correspondent, reports.
Many students are celebrating their A-level results today - but what about those who did not get the grades they wanted or those who want to start work straight away.
The 'jobs bus', a careers advice roadshow, is touring the country and arrived in Newcastle today, August 15.
There was a strong turnout of people at different stages of their careers who were offered advice on finding work. A-level students who did not make the grade were offered advice on vocational training as an alternative to university.
Thousands of apprenticeships are available for those who have just got their A-level results.
Those running the schemes say apprenticeships are now first choice for many - even for those who still want to go to prestigious universities.
Frances Read reports.
Britain's biggest teachers' union said Government education reforms will harm the prospects of disadvantaged students in the future.
After A-level results were revealed today, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said:
– Christine Blower, NUT
Today’s results demonstrate the continued high achievement of students and the hard work of their teachers.
It is likely that in future years, as a result of the decoupling of AS-Levels from A-Levels as well as end to modularity, fewer disadvantaged students will continue in education.
A-Levels are just one qualification in an overly complicated 14-19 education landscape, where there is a lack of parity of esteem between different types of qualification.
If A-Levels are the ‘gold standard’, then let us make our way towards a system in which vocational qualifications are afforded equal respect.
A teaching leader said he was "worried" about the huge variance in subjects chosen by girls and boys in their A-levels.
Brian Lightman, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said teachers should challenge stereotypical views:
– Brian Lightman
We need, as teachers, to try and raise awareness of these stereotypical views that occur.
But it's a societal thing as well; in wider society we need to try and break those stereotypical models. We need to show role models of people who are doing different things.
Apprenticeships have often been seen as an alternative for those who don't want to go to university.
However, they may provide another route to get places at the most prestigious universities, including Durham and Newcastle.
Watch Frances Read's report.
Thousands of apprenticeships in our region are available for those who've just got their A-level results.
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The chief executive of Ucas said students who applied late or got lower A-level grades than expected could still choose from a large selection of courses.
Mary Curnock Cook said:
We have nearly 30,000 courses which are advertising vacancies in clearing.
A lot of those will only be for people who have the very highest grades because the Government arrangements for funding mean that universities aren't limited as to how many of those they can recruit.
The reality is that there are vacancies across all sorts of courses and institutions.
So anybody who is applying late after they got their results or who didn't quite get what they wanted today, there are loads of opportunities for them to find out about what is available through our website.