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Summary statistics for attainment, leaver destinations and healthy living, No. 5: 2015 Edition

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4. Attainment and destinations

• As the attainment of leavers improves, the nature of the destination changes, with the likelihood of them going on to a positive destination increasing • 60.0% of leavers who achieved no passes at SCQF 3 or better entered a positive destination • 98.8% of leavers who achieved 1+ at SCQF 7 entered a positive destination

4.1 Linking attainment and subsequent leaver destinations shows the extent to which one influences the other. Table 8 shows that 98.8 per cent of leavers who achieved one or more passes at SCQF level 7 entered a positive destination on leaving school. In comparison, 3 out of 5 of the 1.7 per cent of school leavers who achieved no passes at SCQF level 3 or better, entered a positive destination (Table 8).

Table 8. Percentage of school leavers by highest SCQF level at which one or more passes were achieved and follow-up destination category, 2013/141

 

No passes at SCQF 3 or better

SCQF level 3

SCQF level 4

SCQF level 5

SCQF level 6

SCQF level 7

Number of Leavers

Follow-up Destination

Higher Education

0.6

*

0.6

2.8

54.9

85.1

19,363

Further Education

22.8

25.1

36.3

45.4

16.8

4.5

12,198

Training

10.9

12.2

8.9

3.1

0.5

*

1,246

Employment

17.7

14.5

28.3

37.8

24.3

8.2

12,455

Voluntary Work

1.1

*

0.4

0.3

0.3

0.8

211

Activity Agreement

6.8

8.0

2.7

0.4

0.0

*

365

Unemployed Seeking

23.2

29.5

18.5

8.2

2.6

0.9

3,246

Unemployed Not Seeking

14.2

8.7

3.6

1.6

0.5

0.2

735

Unknown

2.7

1.5

0.8

0.4

0.1

*

161

Positive Destinations

60.0

60.4

77.1

89.8

96.8

98.8

91.7

Other Destinations

40.0

39.6

22.9

10.2

3.2

1.2

8.3

All Leavers

824

1,015

5,930

12,815

20,020

9,376

49,980

1. Percentages may not total 100 due to rounding.
2. Percentages based on numbers of less than 5 have been suppressed (*) for disclosure and data quality reasons.

4.2 The main destinations for the 1.7 per cent of school leavers with no passes at SCQF level 3 or better are unemployed seeking (23.2 per cent) and Further Education (22.8 per cent) (Table 8). The pattern of destinations for those with one or more passes at SCQF level 3 as their highest qualification is similar to this. 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 (45.4 per cent) and employment (37.8 per cent), while the majority of school leavers with one or more at SCQF level 6 or 7 enter Higher Education (Table 8). This shows that as the attainment of leavers improves, the nature of the destination changes, with the likelihood of school leavers going on to a positive destination increasing.