‘Listen to young people on exam results day’

Childline has online resources for young people worried about their results

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Worrying about exam results is the single biggest reason young people reach out to the counselling service Childline during August, the charity has revealed.

With today being exam results day for 138,000 pupils across Scotland, Shaun Friel, the head of Childline, said receiving results can be an ‘extremely stressful experience’, with students feeling under pressure to achieve certain grades in order to get college or university places.

Mr Friel said: ‘This year, some may be feeling the added strains of lockdown and the disappointment of not being able to do their best through sitting exams.

‘So that young people do not feel overwhelmed as they receive their SQA results, it is so important they have someone there to listen to how they are feeling and to discuss their options, such as a friend, a parent, a teacher or even Childline.’

Children and young people can contact Childline by calling 0800 1111 or visiting the site https://www.childline.org.uk/

They can get advice from Childline about exam results here.

August is the month in which young people are most likely to talk to Childline about exam results, it said.

Today is results day for those sitting National four, National five, Higher and Advanced Higher qualifications in Scotland.