The National Parent Forum of Scotland is delighted to comment on today’s exam results.
Chair, Joanna Murphy said: ” We congratulate all of our learners on their hard work over this past year which has culminated in these excellent results. This year has seen schools faced with another set of academic changes and these results show how hard our young people have been working all year and how well our schools prepare and support them.
‘’It is heartening to see the consistent high quality in our education system, from the Scottish Government to SQA to the individual classroom. We look forward to continuing to provide the parent voice at the Scottish Education Council over the next academic year and beyond, to help make Scotland’s education system the best it can be.
“Each year at this time I remind parents that it’s not just about exam results. We must recognise and celebrate the breadth of young people’s achievements today and every day. Our young people need to feel supported on their journey to the next stage, exploring the many pathways, in education or elsewhere, that are available.
“The days before the exam results are revealed can be very stressful for young people and their parents. Now they have arrived, take time to reflect on the best course of action, considering all options carefully. There are plenty of helpful resources available for parents and their children. Have a look on our website for helpful links www.parentforumscotland.org.uk. Speaking from experience, I know that the Skills Development Scotland Exam Results Helpline 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 at what can be a stressful time.
“If your results weren’t as expected, or you just want to talk over your choices, SDS’s 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 what results they achieve, there is always a way forward.”
Your school is your main source of help with questions about next steps, so contact them for advice. Helpful information from the SQA can be found here: http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/65952.html (Exam Results Helpline number is on the exam certificate) and the Skills Development Scotland helpline is open from 8am 7-15th of August.
The number to call is 0808 100 8000.