Pupils who have recently received their GCSE results have been advised not to make "hasty decisions" in light of the unexpected drop in grades and seek the assistance of those in teaching jobs.
The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) says it has been in discussions with the exam regulator Ofqual, which is set to conduct an investigation into this year's results.
According to the ASCL around 20 per cent of secondary schools in England and Wales saw their results fall at least five per cent against predictions.
In light of this review, the guidance to pupils from the ASCL is to seek help from those in education jobs.
"Our advice to young people whose results have fallen below their expectations is not to make hasty decisions but to talk to their teachers and careers advisers who will discuss the options available to them," said ASCL general secretary Brian Lightman.
Posted by Theo Foulds