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More Than 140,000 Scottish Pupils Offered Help With Their Results

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Scottish pupils are set to receive their full Higher, National and Advanced results on the 9th August 2022.

Approximately 142,000 pupils – along with their parents and carers – will be able to get support with their results through a dedicated helpline offering impartial career advice set up by Skills Development Scotland (SDS).

Now in its 30th year, the SDS’  helpline 0808 100 8000 will once again be staffed by more than 50 expert careers advisers, and will be live for over a week from 8am on Tuesday the 9th August to assist anybody that needs help with their options and next steps.

Education Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville said:

“The SDS Results Helpline offers an excellent source of advice, information and guidance, and I would encourage young people, and their parents and carers, to use this valuable resource if they have questions about next steps and options, or if they just need some reassurance.

“The Helpline advisers are extremely knowledgeable and keen to help.”

SDS’ careers advisers will be on hand to offer advice about UK colleges and universities, Confirmation and Clearing, apprenticeships, jobs or even volunteering.

Sharon McIntyre, Head of Career Information, Advice and Guidance Operations at the national skills agency, added:

“We know that receiving results has been a very different experience for young people and their families over the last couple of years, and although a sense of normality prevails, there is still a lot of anxiety and uncertainty at this time for pupils, parents and carers.

“It’s important to reassure people that whatever their results are, our advisers are there to provide support and expert advice on their many options, no matter where you are in Scotland.”

Connect, a Scottish organisation that works to ensure parents play a key role in education, also urged people to phone the SDS helpline.

Newly appointed Executive Patrick McGlinchey said:

“Results day can bring on a roller coaster of emotions.

“The opportunity to have a calm conversation with someone who is impartial and knowledgeable is so valuable.

“We encourage everyone, including parents and carers, to use this very welcome SDS service.”

In addition to the dedicated helpline which runs until 17 August, young people and their parents or carers can also visit their local SDS centre (visit https://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/centres/ to find your local office), go to the My World of Work website, or speak to directly to a school’s careers adviser for year round support.

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