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Full report: Results day for A-level students

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.

Careers advice tour bus arrives in Newcastle

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.

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Apprenticeships an "alternative route" into top universities

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.

Click here for more information.

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Ucas chief: Thousands of uni vacancies still available

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.

You can see what courses are available in the clearing process on the Ucas website.

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Teachers warn against A-level reform

Nansi Ellis, head of education policy at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said after A-level results were revealed today:

We are worried about the Government's plans for new look A-levels.

We hope the Government rethinks its plans to return to a system of A-levels that only benefited an elite group of students who did well with an intensive regime culminating in one set of final course exams.

We think the current system, with AS-levels as the first half of an A-level, is better for the vast majority of students.

– Nansi Ellis
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NUT: Education reforms will hurt disadvantaged pupils

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:

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.

– Christine Blower, NUT

A Levels: Success stories

Emily Elkington and Sam Morrison, Jonathan Softley, Nigel Harrett and Wenhui Tan Credit: Sunderland College

Emily Elkington, 18, from Tunstall, Sunderland, achieved two A*s and two As. Emily plans to study psychology at the University of Nottingham.

Wenhui Tan, 18, from Hendon in Sunderland achieved one A*, two As and two Bs. She hopes to study Maths and Statistics at the University of Bristol.

Jonathan Softley, 18, from Houghton-le-Spring, achieved two As and one A*. He is going on to Newcastle University.

Sam Morrison, 17, from South Shields, is going on to study for a degree in medicine at Newcastle University. He achieved a clean sweep of A* grades.

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