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“Don’t panic” — Exam result helpline to open next week

Advisers will be on hand to answer queries after exam results have been delivered.
Advisers will be on hand to answer queries after exam results have been delivered.

Pupils across Scotland preparing to receive their exam results are being reminded to take advantage of a free helpline if all hasn’t gone to plan.

Over 142,000 pupils will receive their Higher, Advanced Higher and National 5 results on Tuesday August 9.

Those who may not have achieved what they were expecting, or are looking for help and advice on where to go next, are encouraged to call the Skills Development Scotland exam result helpline.

Trained advisers will be on hand to give information on clearing, UCAS course vacancies at UK colleges and universities, modern apprenticeships and employment.

Skills Development Scotland operations director Danny Logue said: “Some people might not get the results they hoped for or may have done better than they anticipated.

“It is vital that young people and their parents don’t panic. The Helpline is there to give support and information about all the different options young people can consider.”

National Parent Forum of Scotland chair Joanna Murphy said: “I know from my own experiences that the Skills Development Scotland exam results helpline is a real life line.

“It offers young people the chance to talk to someone who is impartial, which helps you to step back and take stock.

“One of my daughters didn’t do as well as expected in her fifth year and was devastated, but after talking to the careers advisers at the Helpline she realised she had so many options available to her.

“It takes some of the heat out of the emotion of the day and reminds young people no matter the results, there is always a next step.”

The advice line can be reached on 0808 100 8000.

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