It’s a big week for young people across Greater Manchester and the rest of the country as students begin to sit their first public exams of the summer.

While some students have already sat some exams early, the bulk get underway for Year 11s this week, while A Levels at college and SATs for Year Sixes begin over the coming weeks.

Months of preparation, hard work, and occasional apprehension will boil down to the few hours in an exam hall. All this pressure means it’s important that students continue with their study routines and maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle during the exam period.

The exam period can be a very stressful time for many students and it’s important they talk to friends, family and teachers about any concerns they may have.

However difficult they might be, exams are an important part of school because it leads to qualifications and a strong foundation in life. Events like this give young people the chance to experience some of the more challenging aspects of adult life, such as personal responsibility, forward planning and commitment. But it’s also their chance to show the rest of the world what they can achieve.
We’re lucky in this part of the world as Tameside has some excellent schools, led by school leaders and teachers who care passionately about the futures of their students. Last year schools across Tameside made great progress and actually performed better than the Greater Manchester average in gaining top grades in maths and English, with a set of results that showed that Tameside’s schools were performing fractionally better than the North West’s regional averages.

Denton Community College near Crown Point is one such good news story with strong results at GCSE as well as a 90% rate for students staying in education or entering employment for at least 2 terms after GCSE.

I want to take this opportunity to wish all my younger constituents the best of luck in all their exams over the summer term. Months of preparation, hard work, and occasional apprehension will boil down to the few hours in the exam hall.

So much progress has been made, but so much has yet to be achieved which is why Labour is committed to creating a unified National Education Service (NES) for England which would make learning and development free at the point of use. The NES would be built on the simple principle that ‘Every Child – and Adult Matters’ because everyone deserves the chance to excel, and we can achieve this by making education a right, not a privilege.

That’s why I believe in education for the many, not the few.

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