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Summary Statistics for Attainment, Leaver Destinations and Healthy Living

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Chapter 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.
  • 55.8 per cent of leavers who achieved no passes at SCQF Level 3 or better entered a positive destination.
  • 98.7 per cent of leavers who achieved 1+ at SCQF Level 7 entered a positive destination.

Linking attainment and subsequent leaver destinations shows the extent to which one influences the other. Table 8 shows that 98.7 per cent of leavers who achieved one or more passes at SCQF Level 7 entered a positive destination on leaving school. In comparison, nearly 3 out of 5 of the 2.0 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, 2015/161

  Percentage
Follow-up Destination No passes at SCQF 3
or better
SCQF
level 3
SCQF
level 4
SCQF
level 5
SCQF
level 6
SCQF
level 7
Total
Higher Education 1.2 - 0.3 2.0 48.6 84.0 37.3
Further Education 21.1 27.2 34.1 41.4 17.0 3.8 22.4
Training 6.7 * 6.0 2.3 0.5 * 1.7
Employment 18.5 18.6 30.9 42.4 29.7 10.1 28.7
Voluntary Work 0.5 * 0.5 0.3 0.4 0.7 0.4
Activity Agreement1 7.8 9.2 3.8 0.6 0.1 * 0.9
Positive Destinations 55.8 63.4 75.6 89.1 96.2 98.7 91.4
Unemployed Seeking 22.9 22.1 17.9 7.7 2.5 0.9 5.8
Unemployed Not Seeking 17.0 11.1 4.7 2.1 0.7 0.4 1.9
Unknown 4.3 3.4 1.9 1.2 0.6 0.1 0.9
Other Destinations 44.2 36.6 24.4 10.9 3.8 1.3 8.6
Number of leavers 1,061 861 5,561 12,470 22,195 9,965 52,113

1. Percentages may not total 100 due to rounding
* percentages based on less than 5 have been suppressed for disclosure and quality reasons.

The main destinations for the 2.0 per cent of school leavers with no passes at SCQF Level 3 or better are unemployed seeking (22.9 per cent) and Further Education (21.1 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 are Further Education (42.4 per cent) and employment (41.4 per cent), while the majority of school leavers with one or more at SCQF Level 6 or 7 enter Higher Education. 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.