Students and parents can call or tweet for
Thousands of young Scots will be the first to receive new
National qualifications as exam results arrive through letterboxes
next month (Tuesday 5 August).
Around 145,000 pupils sat Nationals, Highers and Advanced
Highers this year.
The message is that whatever those results might be, pupils and
their parents should not panic. Skills Development Scotland (SDS)
is urging people to call the Exam Results Helpline free* on 0808
SDS's Operations Director Danny Logue said: "People may have
done better than they anticipated or not achieved the results they
hoped for, but the message is that there are options and they, and
their parents, shouldn't panic."
He added: "The first step is to call the helpline and discuss
all of the options that are available and there are lots of options
open to them."
As well as the helpline, advisers will be on hand for a number
of Twitter Q&As @mywowscotland to help young people access
information and support. SDS's Facebook page will feature answers
to common problems, links to other bodies including SQA, UCAS, SAAS
and Young Scot and help on making sure the next move is a good
There is also a wealth of practical post results information for
young people and their parents on SDS's My World of Work website www.myworldofwork.co.uk.
The helpline, now in its 22nd year, will be open from
8am until 8pm on Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 August and from 9am
until 5pm until 13 August.
Advisers will be available to offer unique information on UCAS
course vacancies at UK colleges and universities, Confirmation and
Clearing, advice on Modern Apprenticeship and training
opportunities and exam re-sits.
The new National qualifications are designed to test a wider
range of relevant skills and to prepare young people better for the
modern workplace. The new National 2, National 3, National 4 and
National 5 courses have been available since August 2013.
*operator charges may apply
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Audrey Simpson, External Communications
0141 285 6027 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Emma Dewar, External Communications
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Notes to Editors:
Twitter Q&A sessions will take place from 2pm to 3pm from
Tue 5 to Fri 8 August @mywowscotland using #examresults