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Summary statistics for attainment, leaver destinations and healthy living, No. 2: 2012 Edition

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4. Attainment and destinations

4.1 Table 6 shows that over 97 per cent of leavers who achieved one or more passes at Advanced Higher entered a positive destination on leaving school. In comparison, the proportion drops to almost 54 per cent for the 2.1 per cent of school leavers achieving no passes at SCQF level 3 or better (Table 6). This shows the extent to which attainment of qualifications influences the initial destinations of school leavers.

Table 6. Average tariff score and percentage of school leavers by highest SCQF level at which one or more passes were achieved and initial destination category, 2010/11.

Average Tariff Score, Column Percent (percentages may not total 100 due to rounding)

Average Tariff Score No passes at SCQF 3 or better Standard Grade Foundation/ Access 3 (SCQF 3) Standard Grade General/ Intermediate 1 (SCQF 4) Standard Grade Credit/ Intermediate 2 (SCQF 5) Higher (SCQF 6) Advanced Higher (SCQF 7) Number of Leavers
Initial Destination
Higher Education 641 * * 0.6 4.5 56.7 84.8 19,350
Further Education 245 20.9 25.7 38.4 46.1 18.7 5.3 14,644
Training 126 14.6 18.1 17.0 6.8 0.7 0.1 3,012
Employment 299 10.9 10.2 20.6 29.7 18.1 6.7 10,419
Voluntary Work 493 * * 0.3 0.2 0.6 0.8 257
Activity Agreements 62 5.8 4.8 1.2 0.2 0.0 0.0 280
Unemployed Seeking 189 34.8 33.7 19.4 10.9 4.6 1.8 5,161
Unemployed Not Seeking 179 10.5 5.5 2.0 1.1 0.5 0.4 655
Unknown 193 1.0 1.2 0.5 0.4 0.1 0.1 158
Positive Destinations 409 53.7 59.5 78.1 87.6 94.8 97.6 47,962
Negative Destinations 188 46.3 40.5 21.9 12.4 5.2 2.4 5,974
All Leavers 385 1,140 1,372 8,654 14,443 19,188 9,139 53,936

1. 137 leavers were excluded on the basis that a robust match to the Pupil Census was not made. Percentages may not total 100 due to rounding.
2. * percentages based on numbers of less than 5 have been suppressed for disclosure and quality reason

4.2 The main destination for the 2.1 per cent of school leavers with no passes at SCQF level 3 or better is Unemployed Seeking (34.8 per cent) and Further Education (20.9 per cent) (Table 6). The pattern of destinations for those with one or more passes at SCQF level 3 as their highest qualification is similar to this, although there is a higher proportion of these leavers going into positive destinations. For school leavers who have one or more passes at SCQF level 5 as their highest qualification, the main destinations on leaving are Further Education (46.1 per cent) and Employment (29.7 per cent), while the majority of school leavers with one or more Highers or Advanced Highers enter Higher Education (Table 6).

Table 7. Average tariff score of school leavers who sustained or moved destination by highest SCQF level at which one or more passes were achieved, 2010/11.

Average tariff Score, Row Percentage (percentages may not total 100 due to rounding)

Destination Category
Same positive destination in both Positive destination to another positive destination Positive destination to a negative destination Negative destination to a positive Negative destination in both All leavers
Average Tariff Score 441 292 182 232 157 385
SCQF Level
No passes at SCQF 3 or better 29.0 7.2 17.3 10.1 36.4 1,130
Standard Grade Foundation/ Access 3 (SCQF 3) 30.9 9.1 19.5 10.5 29.9 1,361
Standard Grade General/ Intermediate 1 (SCQF 4) 52.0 11.1 15.1 8.2 13.6 8,598
Standard Grade Credit/ Intermediate 2 (SCQF 5) 71.0 9.5 7.2 5.8 6.5 14,374
Higher (SCQF 6) 85.2 7.1 2.6 2.9 2.2 19,124
Advanced Higher (SCQF 7) 93.2 3.3 1.2 1.3 1.0 9,131
Number of Leavers 40,229 4,182 3,397 2,467 3,443 53,718

1. 137 leavers were excluded on the basis that a robust match to the Pupils Census was not made.
2. Leavers who moved outwith Scotland, were deceased or who had returned to school between the initial and follow up survey were excluded.

4.3 Those with a higher tariff score and qualifications at a higher SCQF level increased the likelihood of being in the same positive destination in the follow-up survey. Pupils that are in the same positive destination in both September and March had an average tariff score of 441 compared to 292 for leavers that were in a different positive destination, 182 for leavers who went from a positive to a negative destination, 232 for leavers who went from a negative to a positive destination and 157 for those that were in a negative destination in both (Table 7). Table 7 also shows that higher proportions of leavers with lower qualifications move between positive and negative destinations than those leavers who have one or more passes at Higher or Advanced Higher (Table 7).

4.4 Table 8 shows the attainment levels and follow-up leaver destinations for pupils by various characteristics taken from the Pupil Census. It shows the extent to which pupils from areas of high deprivation continue to have lower attainment and are less likely to enter positive destinations. Pupils with additional support needs similarly do less well. In 2010/11, leavers who identified their ethnicity as Chinese had the highest levels of attainment and the highest proportion in positive destinations. (Table 8). Attainment and destinations have improved on the whole for most groups.

Table 8 . Average tariff score and follow-up leaver destinations, by pupil characteristic, 2008/09 to 2010/11.

Average Tariff Score In a positive follow-up destination
08/09 09/10 10/11 08/09 09/10 10/11
Gender
Male 331 346 358 83.8 83.7 86.0
Female 382 398 412 86.5 86.7 88.5
Ethnicity1
White - UK 356 372 384 85.2 85.2 87.2
White - Other 348 360 389 87.0 85.5 89.2
Mixed 418 443 449 87.9 87.5 87.7
Asian - Indian 482 483 444 95.4 92.9 94.3
Asian - Pakistani 402 400 430 89.1 88.2 89.7
Asian - Chinese 576 565 614 96.5 95.3 94.3
Asian - Other 438 442 450 89.5 91.6 88.0
Black 358 379 391 89.6 90.7 91.7
All other categories 4 306 226 300 81.0 76.8 81.7
Not known/ Disclosed 287 277 321 76.9 79.9 84.4
Urban/Rural
Large Urban Areas 343 356 375 83.2 83.5 85.7
Other Urban Areas 351 366 379 85.5 85.2 87.6
Accessible Small Towns 381 390 409 87.1 86.0 88.7
Remote Small Towns 373 390 392 87.5 88.7 88.5
Accessible Rural 380 406 401 86.2 86.3 87.5
Remote Rural 391 421 424 88.9 88.4 91.3
SIMD2
0-20% 216 231 250 74.9 73.8 77.9
20-40% 288 309 317 81.6 82.1 83.9
40-60% 360 373 384 86.3 86.8 88.2
60-80% 423 437 444 90.9 90.2 91.9
80-100% 511 517 531 93.2 93.5 94.5
Additional Support Needs
ASN 120 142 190 67.6 71.3 76.8
No ASN 368 386 405 86.1 86.1 88.3

1. Some categories have been grouped together due to small numbers. Some categories contain between 100-200 leavers.
2. Based on 2009 SIMD. More information on the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation can be found at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/SIMD
3. Pupils who have a CSP IEP or Other Support Plan, RON was still in use in some cases until 2009.
4. All other categories includes 'Occupational, Gypsy and Other Travellers' as well as the 'Other' category