A HELPLINE to give advice to students receiving their GCSE results will launch next month.

 

It has been arranged by Barnsley Council’s young people service, I Know I Can, alongside collaborations from schools.

 

The service will be staffed by experts who will be available to advise on educational and vocational options for the students.

 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic the students were unable to sit their final year exams, so will receive their grade which takes into account mock exam assessments and other schoolwork.

 

Students will also receive their results via email.

 

Coun Margaret Bruff, cabinet spokesperson for children’s services, said: “The coronavirus pandemic has made this a strange year for our Year 11 students with the cancellation of their GCSE exams.

 

“We want pupils who aren’t going to school to collect their results to still have the opportunity to speak to a careers advisor should they wish to do so.

 

“Some students may be worried about their applications to further education while others may be unsure about their next steps but our staff will be ready and able to help at the other end of the phone.

 

“I would like to wish all of our students the best of luck for results day. I am sure they will do themselves proud once again.”

 

Any student wishing to contact the helpline should call 77 54 00.

 

The phone lines will be open from August 20 to August 26 from 10am to 7pm, Monday to Friday.