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 Push Post: Student Newsletter

 MAY 2020


Hey there <<First Name>>! 

The sun is starting to come out, even though there aren't many places to go right now.

The government are outlining plans for returning to some sort of school learning, although these aren’t set in stone...so we don't know what the future of learning looks like for everyone this academic year.

But don't completely forget about your next steps.

Y13, have a look for the current information regarding your Student Finance applications and if you're in Year 12, it's worth researching universities and courses long before you start the UCAS process next academic year. It can be like window shopping: all fantasy and no decisions necessary yet.

We’ve also included some links to our Youtube page with useful tips and videos on coping with lockdown learning.

Keep safe everyone!

If you can’t wait for the next newsletter why not check out our archives here. We'll see you soon. 
 
The Push Team

WHAT'S NEW?
ARE GRADES REALLY THE MOST IMPORTANT THING?

Let me tell you about my GCSE and A Level experience…
 
I was a straight-A student. I am firmly in the "was" corner as opposed to the "am" corner. For any student reading this, stop right now and say out-loud either way “I am a 1-9 student” or “I am a BBB student” and “I was a 1-9 student” or “I was a BBB student”, with the grades you are personally predicted. Now, honestly: how does hearing yourself say each version make you feel? I know how deeply personal and long-lasting grades can feel...read more
TUITION FEES DURING COVID

With schools and universities all currently closed, and a return date uncertain (at the time of writing), the question of how we are going to return is starting to come up. While we’re waiting for government advice on how this might come about, universities have started considering the possibility of starting next academic years' terms entirely online...read more.
PUT THE BRAKES ON THOSE UNCONDITIONAL OFFERS

We know how tempting it might be given the current situation, to accept any unconditional offers you might be receiving from your university choices. The Government did actually put a temporary ban on universities offering unconditional offers (although this has now been lifted) to try and ensure these weren’t getting given out en-mass...read more.
WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING?
For year 12s
 
It’s extremely strange at the moment, as you should be revving up and revising to get ready for your exams but instead, poof....they're cancelled. What may have seemed like a pipe dream to some people, has actually happened.

We briefly went over how these are now being calculated in our blog here and there’s a more thorough, up-to-date explanation on the situation on the government’s website here as well.

But just because exams are cancelled doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be doing anything right now. Who knows when you’ll be asked to return to school, but you don’t want to turn up and be completely unprepared...read more.
For year 13s

Right about now, you should be thinking about your student finance for next year. So if you haven’t completed your application, do it very soon. Although right now there is, of course, some changes to the process in light of the Covid-19 situation. â€‹

These are the most important changes to know if you're applying for Student Finance in the middle of a pandemic...read more.
WHAT NEXT?
Push titbits of news and advice on heading to uniapprenticeshipsschool leaver schemes, and the world of work
WHY COVID'S IMPACT ON EXAMS MIGHT NOT BE SO BAD AFTER ALL

Whilst basing your grades on the work you’d done up until 20th March might not seem fair as you didn't get Easter to hand in any great work based on past papers (naturally people improve the closer to the exams it gets), getting your teachers to take responsibility for your final grade does take away the potential pitfall of the exam itself…and we mustn't forget how many students' nerves get the better of them on the day.

​A "winner takes all" approach doesn't work for every student. I’d say it doesn’t work for most and isn’t a healthy way to grade long-term effort and progress, and it certainly isn’t reflective of the working environment most people will find themselves in, where every single day, the realities of the job (and keeping it) is the grade...read more.
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