Scottish school leavers staying on in education rises slightly

The BBC is reporting that the number of Scottish school leavers staying on in education, getting a job or doing voluntary work is up slightly.

In 2015/16, 93.3% of youngsters were in a “positive destination” three months after leaving high school. That was up from 93% in 2014/15.

The data is based on what happened to 52,249 pupils in S4 to S6 attending council-run and grant aided schools.

Minister for Further and Higher Education and Science, Shirley-Anne Somerville, said the statistics showed that the government was making real progress in enabling young people in Scotland to realise “their full potential”.

She added: “It is especially encouraging to note that the proportion of school leavers in our most deprived areas going on to a positive destination is at a record high.

“I am also pleased to note that the proportion of school leavers going directly into higher education has reached its highest ever level.”

What do Scotland’s school leavers go on to do?
Destination 2014/15 % 2015/16 % % change
Further education 27.6 26.2 -1.0
Higher education 38.8 40.3 +1.5
Employed 21.4 22.3 +0.9
Training 3.8 2.6 -1.2
Voluntary work 0.4 0.5 +0.1
Activity agreement 0.9 1.0 +0.1
Unemployed (seeking work) 5.4 5.1 -0.3
Unemployed (not seeking work) 1.1 1.3 +0.2
Not known 0.5 0.2 -0.3
All positive destinations 93.0 93.3 +0.3

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