School leaver attainment by SIMD: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Information requested

Data about the total number of qualifications pupils leave school with, broken down by SIMD. You asked for this data to be supplied for SCQF levels 4, 5, 6 and 7 and for the years 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19.


I enclose a copy of all of the information you requested in the format you asked for. Consistent with the school leaver attainment publication, these tables use the 'latest and best' approach for attainment data. This means that only the best result within a subject is counted, where a grade A to C (or ungraded pass) is considered a pass. For example, if a pupil passes Higher Mathematics and Advanced Higher Mathematics the following year, only the Advanced Higher qualification will be counted when looking at how many qualifications at any level that leaver has achieved by the time they left school.

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Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
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