1. ITV Report

Help on hand for Scottish students receiving exam results

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Helpline staff are gearing up for calls as pupils across Scotland receive their exam results today.

Tens of thousands of youngsters are finding out the outcome of their National, Higher and Advanced Higher.

Whatever the results, helpline staff will be on hand to offer advice and information on all the options and opportunities available to the teenagers from 8am.

Experts from Skills Development Scotland (SDS) will be available to chat to from 8am.

If your results aren't what you expected don't panic, you have lots of options.

"Our experienced advisers are here to help you and your parents and carers with information on all the options and opportunities available to you."

– SDS Director of career information James Russell

Education Secretary John Swinney congratulated pupils on the work they have put in to achieve their results.

This is an extremely significant time but it is important to remember that this is the start of a journey, not the end.

"If your results are what you hoped for that is great news but if you miss out on the grades you were looking for, or do even better than expected, there is a huge variety of options available to you that the SDS careers advisers are on hand to talk through."

– Education Secretary, John Swinney
  • ITV Border spoke to some students from Eyemouth High School.

NSPCC Scotland counsellors are also on hand to help any young people worried about their results via the Childline service.

young people were provided with support by NSPCC Scotland in 2018-2019.

Samaritans Scotland is also urging young people to put their wellbeing first by asking for help if they're struggling.

The SDS helpline will be available from 8am to 8pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, and from 9am to 5pm weekdays from Thursday until Wednesday August 14.


  • Skills Development Scotland: 0800 917 8000
  • Samaritans Scotland: 116 123
  • Childline: 0800 11 11