Exam helpline to open

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Pupils in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang will re­ceive their exam re­sults in just un­der two weeks time.

And they can make use of a spe­cial helpline that has been set up of­fer­ing ad­vice and sup­port re­gard­less of how their re­sults went.

Skills De­vel­op­ment Scot­land’s (SDS) exam re­sults helpline will open on Tues­day, Au­gust 8, the same day hun­dreds of stu­dents across the two towns re­ceive their na­tional, higher and ad­vanced higher re­sults.

Qual­i­fied ca­reers ad­vis­ers are on hand to help young peo­ple who may not have re­ceived the re­sults they were hop­ing for and those who have done bet­ter than an­tic­i­pated.

The line is also open to par­ents, who have made up a third of call­ers since the helpline was started 25 years ago.

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

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

“Whether you’ve had un­ex­pected re­sults, or just want to talk over your choices, the ad­vis­ers can talk you through the wide range of op­tions avail­able to you.

“A calm con­ver­sa­tion 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 line will be open from 8am un­til 8pm on Au­gust 8 and 9 and from 9am un­til 5pm from Au­gust 10-16.

The num­ber to call is 0808 100 8000.

Help is also avail­able at SDS’s net­work of lo­cal cen­tres.

For full de­tails of lo­ca­tions and open­ing hours, visit www. skills­de­vel­op­mentscot­land.co.uk.

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