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From gold medals to gold standard: A Level results day

Whether collecting your A Level results is a recent experience or nothing but a distant memory, the day still has the ability to strike fear and dread into all of us… Teachers have to take a break from their six-week holiday to go into schools and deal with the fall out; parents fret about whether their offspring will be flying the nest to University or seeking opportunities closer to home; picture desks scramble for the best images of blonde AAA* triplets jumping; the Government gamely attempts to avoid cries of dumbing down; and UCAS hopes in vain that its Clearing website doesn’t fall over. And then there are the students.A Level results day is always a busy time for our Campaigning team, who look after a roster of expert education spokespeople to offer the media, and this year was no exception…The Association of Graduate Recruiters’ CEO, Carl Gilleard, reminded students that, although a degree can add value over the course of your lifetime, it is not the only route to a successful career. Carl’s comments were picked up by The Guardian, London Evening Standard, The Huffington Post and the Press Association. Carl could also be found on Guardian.co.uk giving advice on how to gain employability skills during a gap year and Terence Perrin, Chair of AGR, spoke to The Sunday Times about the benefits of a university degree, and reflected on the move towards recruitment of school leavers.Meanwhile, a new higher education institution is getting ready to open its doors this September. Founder and Master of New College of the Humanities, Professor Grayling spoke to the Sunday Telegraph, about how exams have “squeezed out the curiosity” of learning and took part in a Sky News debate on grade inflation and university places. Formerly an Admissions Adviser at Oxford, Professor Grayling believes that grades alone cannot provide a full picture of a student’s talent and potential. At NCH, they assess each application, request supporting materials from the student’s school, and then interview and test each potential candidate.A cross-company collaboration within the wider Four Communications Group, has also seen us working with the NCH team on a series of advertorials in national print outlets including FT Weekend magazine, The Times and The Sunday Times.

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