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Glossary - defining our terms

  • Statutory School Leaving Date
    The date after which a young person is eligible to leave education
  • Community Learning and Development (CLD)
    Learning and social development work with individuals and groups in their communities using a range of approaches
  • Publicly-funded secondary schools
    Schools funded by the local authority from resources allocated by the Scottish Government
  • Grant-maintained secondary schools
    Schools funded through grant-aid directly from the Scottish Government and outwith local authority control
  • Independent Schools
    Private, fee-paying schools in Scotland
  • Purchased Placement
    Education provision purchased for a young person (to meet specific needs) by the home authority
  • Exceptional entry to college courses
    Some young people in S5 - under the age of 16 and on the school roll - can spend most or all of their time attending college prior to their school leaving date in December
  • Corporate Parenting
    The formal and local partnerships needed between all local authority departments and services, and associated agencies, who are responsible for working together to meet the needs of looked after children and young people, and care leavers
  • School Leaver Destination Return (SLDR)
    Carried out by Skills Development Scotland, this provides data on leaver destinations from Scottish schools: it is undertaken annually in September, with a follow-up in March
  • National Learning Opportunities Database (n-LOD)
    A Learndirect Scotland (SDS) database of learning opportunities available in Scotland
  • The Scottish Funding Council
    The national body responsible for funding teaching and learning provision, research and other activity in Scotland's colleges, universities and higher education institutions