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Last Updated: Friday, 5 August 2005, 09:45 GMT 10:45 UK
Exam results sent by text message
SQA picture of exam results on mobile phone
The SQA said pupils must reply Yes before receiving their results
The Scottish Qualifications Authority is to send out exam results to some pupils in the islands by text message.

About 60 pupils at four schools in the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland will receive the all-important news as part of a pilot scheme.

The SQA said it would send a message asking the pupils to reply "yes", before their results are forwarded.

It added that texting had become second nature to most young people and offered a new way of sending out results.

Those taking part in the pilot scheme include pupils from Anderson High School on the Shetland Islands, Kirkwall Grammar School in Orkney, the Nicholson Institute on Lewis and Portree High School.

Hopefully the signal will be strong enough to come through
Mike Haggerty

The SQA said it had agreed text abbreviations for subjects, level of qualification and result details.

Mike Haggerty, of the SQA, said pupils would receive their exam results on Monday.

He explained: "This is just an added bonus because they're helping us to take this step forward.

"We're going to give them their results that little bit earlier and hopefully the signal will be strong enough to come through.

"There are various phone numbers and various ways of making sure we complete the loop with them."

Pupil feedback

Pupils must reply to the initial message or their results will not be sent. The SQA said it would contact pupils a few days later to see if they found the service satisfactory, before deciding whether to extend it.

Chris Martin, of the SQA's information technology department, said: "We feel it's important that we use technology to make our work more accessible.

"Texting is becoming second nature, to young people in particular, so we felt that we should explore this option to understand whether it suits our candidates, while we protect the confidentiality of the information we're sending.

"At the end of the day, the experience of our pilot candidates will have a big say as to where we go next with this project."

  • Careers Scotland will open an exam results helpline on Tuesday 9 August for pupils receiving their Standard and Higher Grade results.

    Youngsters can contact the helpline for advice and information on 0808 100 8000.

    The helpline will be available on Tuesday from 0800 BST to 2000 BST, and from 1000 BST to 1800 BST from 11-28 August.

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