I'm sitting here with the sun shining, but can't help thinking when I read about results what a silly system there is in the UK! Does anywhere else in the world get teachers to predict the results of 17 year olds, for their uni choices, then have a clearing system? The amount of time and energy that teachers, schools and unis must put into that contrived "system" year after year is astonishing. Surely, the country that one won the second world war, that had an empire stretching across most of the known world and who voted a strong political party like the Tories into power led by the brilliant Boris whilst keeping out a Marxist like Corbyn can sort this out? Here's one solution: 1. Start the Year 10 courses one term earlier, in April (the start of the last term for year 9). From what I remember, it would make little difference to schools now anyway. 2. Students take their GCSEs in February in Year 11 and then go and do work experience or voluntary work and holidays until April. They are marked and returned by April, when they pick their A Levels and start them at the start of the last term in the old Year 11. Teachers won't get a 'dead period' in the year like they currently do so should be happy at being able to work hard. 3. A Level exams take place in May two years later. They are marked and results returned in July. 4. Students then apply to Uni. There are three months for everyone to get sorted and do what they have to do, before starting at the end of September. PS There is no need to thank me for this help.