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Helping Your Child with their GCSE Exams

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FrenchGCSE examinations can be a worrying prospect for your child and she will be under a great deal of pressure with coursework deadlines and examination preparation. Parents/Carers may find it difficult to support their children through this time. This parent guide is a list of possible strategies that may help you with this support.


Please ensure that you:

• Ensure that your child attends school regularly and on time;

• Talk to your child about their learning, work they have to do and deadlines;

• Contact your child's tutor if you have any questions or concerns about your child;

• Attend Parents’ evening;

• Check your child’s revision timetable for mock exams which are in December;

• Check your child’s examination timetable and ensure they understand when their exams take place;

• Read your child’s copy of the Summer Examination Timetable;

• Attend all meetings and workshops organised for parents to assist their children with GCSE work.


Audio  How to help your child during exams 

  • Ask your child to go through their test results  and projected grade for each subject.

  • Support their organisation by knowing when their exams are and being punctual 

  • Make a study plan (timetable) with your child and monitor how they are following it. 

  • Praise and encourage.

  • Make sure that your child eats well, takes breaks and sleeps before 23:00 every night. 

  • Observe and talk to your child to ensure their mental well being.

  • Don't hesitate to contact the school for support, if you need it.  

  • Support your child in ensuring they complete their teacher improvement statements in their report.


Students will have many deadlines to meet during this year.

You can help your child by:

• Monitoring their coursework. Find out what they have to do and when it has to be handed in;

• Making sure they are doing some work every evening;

• Contacting their tutor if they say they have no work to do, or if they are worried about a piece of work;

• Encouraging them to attend clubs, half-term, Easter, and Saturday revision classes;

• Encouraging them to buy study guides;

• Encouraging them to use the numerous websites available to support their coursework and revision e.g. http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks4bitesize/english;

• Encouraging them to go on curriculum based school trips.


Practical Support that you can offer:

• Provide them with a quiet place to study;

• Make sure they take regular breaks;

• Ensure that they eat healthy food and drinks plenty of water;

• Test them on the work they have been revising or encourage older siblings to test them;

• Ensure that they go to bed at a reasonable time and gets enough sleep;

• Ensure that they revises thoroughly for both the mock and final examinations.

Public Examination Information for Students and Parents 

You can contact your childs tutor/head of year if you wish to discuss any GSCE related issues.