SCOTLAND

Destination of school leavers

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Supporting information:

Key points

  • In the three years since 2006/07, the proportion of school leavers entering higher or further education has risen considerably, from 53% in 2006/07 to 63% in 2009/10.  This rising trend is in contrast to the previous seven years, where the proportion had remained broadly unchanged.
  • The flip side of this is that the proportion not in education or training has fallen considerably in the last two years, from 42% in 2006/07 to 32% in 2009/10.  Again, this reducing trend is in contrast to the previous seven years, where the proportion had remained broadly unchanged.
  • There are noticeable differences in the destinations of school leavers depending on whether or not they were registered for free school meals (a proxy for deprivation).  In particular, the proportion who are not in education, training or work is much higher for those who were registered for free school meals: 29% compared with 12%.  But the proportions who are not in education or training (i.e. excluding work) are much more similar: 40% compared with 30%.  Note that care should taken when interpreting this analysis as the average age at which they left school may well differ between the two groups.

Definitions and data sources

The first graph shows the destination of school leavers from publicly funded schools, represented by the proportions going into full-time higher or further education, training and employment, and with a residual category of ‘other’.  Most of the ‘other’ category are unemployed.  The data does not distinguish between employment with and without training.

The second graph shows, for 2008/09 (the latest year for which data is available), how the destination of school leavers varies according to whether or not the school leaver was registered for free school meals (or proxy for deprivation).  Care should taken when interpreting this analysis as the average age at which they left school may well differ between the two groups.

The data source for all the graphs is the Scottish Executive’s publications entitled Destinations of leavers from Scottish schools.

Overall adequacy of the indicator: high.  The indicator is derived from administrative data collected by the Scottish Government.  Information on publicly funded schools is provided to the Scottish Government by the Careers Services.  Information from independent schools is collected directly from the schools.