Every year, in the middle of August, we congratulate young people across the UK for their A-level results. That day's media is packed with stories of success and failure. There is the usual debate about whether the exams are getting easier or harder, coupled with mountains of footage of students opening envelopes and photos of despair and elation. The following day we all go back to normal. Until next year.
A level and GCSE results have now been released and the nerve-wracking wait is finally over for thousands of students around the country. As we hear ...
Once teachers are free from the pressure of preparing students for exams, they will be able to put time and energy into providing the much needed feedback to each individual student so that real learning will take place in schools.
At a critical point in the learning life of young people, GCSEs and A-levels should be about breadth and wider skills, not ticking boxes. The one-size-fits-all approach is not working; it is failing our young people.
I imagine for some of you the decision of what happens next will have already been made, university places accepted and bags waiting to be packed. But for others, this decision will not be so clear, and if this is you, it's really important to look at all of the opportunities on offer.
The fact of the matter is that music history (and Western Art Music history at that - it is one small area of music) is not the only area of history, and wider storytelling as a society where women's endeavours have been cast aside.
I am sure there are many like me who did not get the results they wanted. Is this you? If so, I need to let you know something. It is OK. Really!
Social media can be great for many things, for awkward throwback pictures, for tweeting Katie Hopkins, for sharing vines with your friends, but it should not be for showing off. We have to be sensitive to other people's academic experience. So lets get back to using social media for better things, yeah?
What seemed like the most terrible scenario in the world ended up being the biggest godsend as I was forced to look at alternative options. Within a month I'd had a lucky meeting with someone and managed to secure some work experience. It was this year after school when I realised how IMPORTANT work experience was.
Remember: energy cannot be created or destroyed - only transformed. So channel the feelings of frustration into some hard core productivity and focus. You've got this.