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Destinations of School Leavers

High Level Summary of Statistics Trend Last update:  June 2017

Destinations of School Leavers

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In March 2017, approximately 9 months after leaving from the school year 2015/16, 91.4 per cent of young leavers were in positive destinations. This is lower than last year. Information on school leavers’ initial destinations (in September approximately 3 months after leaving school) is also collected. In September 2016, 93.3  per cent of school leavers, from the 2015/16 school year were in positive destinations.

Between 2014/15 and 2015/16 the proportion of leavers in sustained positive destinations – higher education, further education, employment, training, voluntary work or activity agreements – decreased to 91.4 per cent. Although the proportion in Higher Education increased by 0.5 percentage points and the proportion in Further Education decreased by 1.0 percentage points, the percentage in employment increased by 0.9 percentage points. The proportion of school leavers unemployed seeking approximately 9 months after leaving school has increased from 5.7 per cent to 5.8 per cent over the same period.

leavers destinations 2017

A new publication reporting on the initial destinations of senior phase school leavers was published by the Scottish Government for the first time in March this year.  The ‘Initial Destinations of Senior Phase School Leavers’ publication followed the cessation of the SDS publication  ‘Initial School Leaver Destinations’ which was published for the final time in December 2015. The leaver cohort for that publication focused exclusively on school leavers from the senior phase (S4-S6) whereas the leaver cohort for this publication comprises all school leavers (i.e. including S3 leavers).

Source: Scottish Government Education Statistics

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