Renfrewshire’s young people received their national qualification results today and the council’s education convener, Councillor Jim Paterson, has praised young people’s commitment and resilience during a school year like no other.

Councillor Paterson said: “It’s been an incredibly challenging year for our young people, and I hope that everyone gets the results that they hoped they would achieve.

“Our young people continued to work hard on their studies despite the challenges of moving between learning at school, then at home, and then back at school again. Then there were periods of self-isolation to cope with. These challenges were met with resilience by our young people, and they should be incredibly proud of what they have achieved.”

Councillor Paterson also paid tribute to the staff in our schools who have worked tirelessly to ensure their pupils were prepared for the assessments they undertook.

He added: “Our teachers and support staff have shown incredible commitment, energy and professionalism in very difficult circumstances and I want to thank them for the significant contribution they made to ensuring our young people were able to achieve excellent outcomes.”

“I would also like to thank all parents and carers for their patience, support and encouragement throughout the year.”

Initial analysis shows that Renfrewshire’s young people have performed exceptionally well at all qualification levels

Any young person who didn’t get the grades they were hoping for, or who needs advice, can call the Skills Development Scotland national results helpline on 0800 100 8000. The line is open until Wednesday 18th August.

Pupils can speak to their school about their results and their subject choices for the year ahead when the new term begins.

Any young person who wishes to appeal a result should speak to their school, who will arrange the necessary documentation to be sent to Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

Students and parents can also visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/exam-results for more advice and information.

Childline can also help, Wendy Robinson, Service Head of Childline, said: “At Childline we know that results day and the period running up to it can be a really challenging time.

“The impact of the pandemic has made this even more difficult – and young people have told our Childline counsellors they are understandably feeling anxious and stressed.

“The last year has been incredibly tough for young people with school closures, exam cancellations and changes to the assessment process – so it is vital that they are supported and listened to.

“Young people have told us they’re concerned that they may get lower grades than if they’d been able to sit their exams, or that their results are out of their control – whereas others are concerned that they won’t get the results they need for their future.

“Some also said they struggled to prepare and do the work they were being graded on due to having so much time out of school because of restrictions.

If any young person is feeling apprehensive and worried about their results, I’d urge them to talk to someone about it.

“And if they don’t get the results they need, there are options they can take and there are trusted adults that they can turn to for help and support. This could be a teacher, careers advisor, parent, carer or Childline.

“Our counsellors are always here to talk to young people whether that be on the phone or online.

“The conversation will be completely confidential and no worry is ever too small. If it matters to a young person, it’s important to Childline.”


Advice

For young people who may not achieved the results they wanted:

  • Ask a teacher, careers advisor or any adult you trust what they think and discuss your options and how you are feeling.
  • Remind yourself of what you did well in whether that be specific pieces of coursework, or other parts of your life.
  • Don’t compare yourself to your friends.
  • If you do not feel your grade reflects your ability speak to your school about making an appeal. This doesn’t always mean you’ll get a better grade but it can help if you think things would have been different had you sat the exam.
  • Look at other courses or training programmes and apprenticeships that you can do.
  • If you haven’t got a place at your chosen university, try not to worry as there is a chance you could get a place at another university through the clearing process.
  • Take a gap year and do something different like volunteering.
  • Look at different courses that you can do with the grades you have achieved.
  • Get help and advice from Skills Development Scotland national results helpline on 0800 100 8000

For parents and carers:

  • Your child may find it hard to talk to you about their results so be patient and supportive until they feel ready to talk about how they feel.
  • Encourage your child to take their time to think about what they want to do next. There’s no need to rush into a decision straightaway.
  • Help them think about their choices by writing down a list of pros and cons for each of their options
  • Get help and advice from Skills Development Scotland national results helpline on 0800 100 8000
  • If they are finding it hard to talk to you, let them know they can contact Childline for free, confidential support and advice on 0800 1111 or www.childline.org.uk

Main Photo: A group of senior pupils at Linwood High School, Renfrewshire, jumping for joy after opening their results. Photo: Jeff Holmes.