Recorder letters: Education post GSCE, parking, honour war dead and survey for diabetics

PUBLISHED: 15:47 28 August 2018 | UPDATED: 15:47 28 August 2018

Sarah Bonnell School pupils celebrate their GCSE results.

Sarah Bonnell School pupils celebrate their GCSE results.

Sarah Bonnell

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

Education post GSCE exams

Dr Nick Smith, courses director, founder of the Oxford Open Learning Trust, writes:

Receiving GCSE results is a huge moment in a child’s education and for thousands all over the country, it will be the springboard to a variety of exciting careers.

It’s fantastic to see so many students with smiling faces - a day for all students to be proud of their hard work.

Not everyone, however, will quite get the results they hoped for, but we’re here to reassure them that they needn’t worry!

For those who don’t get the GCSE results they expected, there are a number of options available.

To begin with, students should get in touch with the course representative at the sixth form or college they applied for.

They might say it’s possible to let them on the course anyway, or perhaps find an alternative subject.

Alternatively, it might be worth considering less traditional pathways, such as apprenticeships, work experience or a gap year.

Such options do not mean that students have to simply leave education behind, as they can still resit GCSEs while working.

Distance learning is the most flexible way of doing this as your course materials are available online and you can learn in your own time, all while working and gaining vital experience.

To find out more about distance learning,

Parking restriction needs to be clear

An Ilford resident, full name and address supplied, writes:

I am concerned about parking in Stratford residents’ bays.

On Saturday nights or after 6.30pm there are no restrictions except - “When there’s an event”.

Do you know where to find if an event is on? No neither did I.

We went to a concert at West Ham Parish Church.

We got a ticket at 8.45pm, contested it and their response was you should go on our website to check! No website or phone or prominent display boards saying it’s an event day!

If you’re good and pay up the fine is only £65, it took nearly two months to get this information.

Sorry shan’t go to any more concerts in Stratford.

Close shops to honour war dead

John Barstow, Usdaw Executive Council, writes:

Five senior peers have added their voices for retail closure for Remembrance Sunday 2018 which falls exactly on November 11 (Armistice Day), exactly 100 years since the guns fell silent.

Kate Hoey has launched in the House of Commons the brilliantly worded early day motion 1036 calling for the one day closure - and endorsed by the Usdaw annual Usdaw conference on a unanimous vote.

Cutting out the discordant clatter of retail activity would enhance the peace, decorum and reflection inherent in Remembrance Sunday.

And free up more working people and their families to pay their respects in their communities.

MPs and Peers would gain respect by coming together in genuine unity and legislate for retail closure for Remembrance Sunday, November 11 (Armistice Day), 2018.

Share experience of your diabetes

Roz Rosenblatt, London Head, Diabetes UK, writes:

Almost 3.7 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes in the UK.

The condition doesn’t just affect people physically but has a big emotional impact that is equally harmful and is often overlooked.

Living with diabetes can be tough, and a lack of emotional and psychological support can make it even harder to manage the condition.

At Diabetes UK we want emotional, psychological and mental health support for people with diabetes to become a priority.

We believe everyone should have the space and opportunity to talk about their emotional wellbeing, be empowered to seek support, and know where to go to get it.

Your experiences will help us make the case - so please take part in the survey and tell us how living with diabetes makes you feel, and whether the care you receive gives you enough support to cope with managing diabetes when your emotional wellbeing is low.

If you are living with diabetes, if you’re a parent of a child or a carer for someone with diabetes, complete our online survey by September 30 -

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