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Young people will have access to support with their exam results when Skills Development Scotland opens its helpline on Tuesday (August 4).

The helpline offers information and guidance to young people, parents and carers from 8am on results day and can be contacted on 0808 100 8000.


Next week around 138,000 young people will get the results of their National, Higher and Advanced Higher examinations.


Education secretary John Swinney said: “Young people and their families have shown tremendous resilience in coping with the many challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and will naturally be anxious about the potential impact on results.

“You may achieve the results you worked so hard for, but if you miss out on the grades you were hoping for, there is still a huge variety of options available to you. Skills Development Scotland advisers will provide expert advice to help all pupils understand their future education and career choices.”

James Russell of SDS, added: “This year is unlike any other and young people receiving results and their families may be feeling more anxious which is understandable. This is the point when their work and efforts are recognised, our advice and support is available and our message is if your results aren’t what you expected, don’t worry, you have lots of options.

“Our careers advisers are here to help you and your parents and carers with information on all the options and opportunities on offer.”

The helpline will be open on August 4 and 5 from 8am to 8pm, August 6 and 7 from 9am-5pm, and August 10 to 12 from 9am-5pm.

Careers advisers will be on hand to discuss options such as courses in further and higher education, confirmation and clearing places, apprenticeships, employment and volunteering.


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