PUPILS across Helensburgh and Lomond are finding out their SQA grades as results are published amid a row over how they have been reached during lockdown.

Students who have completed Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) courses and awards over the past year are receiving results on Tuesday which have been estimated by their teachers due to the pandemic.

Exams were cancelled for the first time, leading to the body having to devise an alternate method of awarding grades based on prelims and coursework assessment.

Pupils who signed up to get their results via text or email received their grades from 8am, while certificates will arrive in the post during the day.

The SQA said it will "moderate" the results, based on historical performances of the school, not the pupil.

It has been pushed to reveal its methodology and results of a legally required Equalities Impact Assessment.

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However, the exam body has said this will only happen after results are delivered to pupils - despite concerns from the Equality and Human Rights Commission that the proposed grading system may be illegal.

Pupils in schools that have seen the biggest recent improvement in results are at risk of having their grades undermined by historical results.

The SQA website stats that only schools and colleges can ask for a review of a candidate's results.

Full information on appeals can be found here.

If something is wrong or missing from your certificate, call your school, who will then contact the SQA.

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If your certificate does not arrive, you should also call your school, who can tell you your results.

An SQA advice line is available from 8am-6pm on Tuesday and 8.30am-5pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

This can be contacted on 0345 279 1000 or by emailing customer@sqa.org.uk

Nicola Sturgeon tweeted on the eve of results day: "Thinking of all the young people across Scotland waiting for results tomorrow.

"The last few months have been so tough for you, so whatever tomorrow brings, well done!

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"And remember, there are always options open to you. Good luck to you all."

Shaun Friel, head of Childline, said: "We know that for many young people, receiving exam results can be an extremely stressful experience with the pressure to get certain grades to secure college or university places.

"And, 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 today, 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 about any worries by calling 0800 1111 or visiting the site.

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