Holidays, cash and laptops: What parents promise children for hitting A-Level targets

It's A-level results day tomorrow.
It's A-level results day tomorrow.

Parents are incentivising their children to hit their A-Level targets with promises of cash, holidays, cars and laptops, researchers in Leeds have found.

Amounts range from a modest fiver to a substantial £17,000, according to the study by Leeds Beckett University, published on the eve of results day.

But the number of students being offered incentives has halved since last year 2014, with around a third now in line for a windfall.

A* to B grades are most likely to be incentivised, with an average of £100 for each A grade and £50 for a B or C.

Professor Paul Smith, deputy vice chancellor at Leeds Beckett, said: “Whatever situation students find themselves in after getting their results, they are facing important decisions on their future. It’s important that they don’t panic as there are plenty of options open to them.”

Girls are being offered an average of £132 more than boys this year - a change from last year where males benefited by £60 more than their female counterparts. Londoners are the most likely to be offered incentives (46%), while Yorkshire students are the least likely at 19 per cent.

The top five incentives offered this year are:

1. Money (21.4%)

2. Meal (5.8%)

3. Laptop (5.4%)

4. Holiday (5%)

5. Car (4%)

The survey also discovered that nearly 80 per cent of students admitted to being distracted by social media during revising for their exams this year, and that more than half of A-level students will tell their mothers about their results before facing their fathers.

A-Level results: Follow our coverage online

The wait is nearly over for school leavers across our district - as their A level results will drop through the letterbox - or into their inboxes - tomorrow morning (Thursday).

It’s always a big day across our district, and we will be providing full coverage across our websites throughout the day and in our series of newspapers next week (August 20).

You will be able to read full results on our websites;; and from tomorrow morning.

Images and videos from schools as well as a word from the headteacher will also be available.

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