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Summary Statistics for Attainment and Initial Leaver Destinations, No. 1: 2019 Edition

Results of the initial leaver destination surveys (S3 to S6) and post-review attainment.

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Chapter 5: Attainment and destinations

  • Leavers with higher attainment levels are more likely to go on to a positive destination.
  • 65.6 per cent of leavers who did not achieve a pass at SCQF Level 3 or better entered a positive destination; this increases to 99.2 per cent of leavers who achieved at SCQF Level 7.

Table 8 shows that for school leavers whose highest qualification was at SCQF Level 5, the main destinations are Further Education (50.5 per cent), while the majority of school leavers with one pass or more at SCQF Level 6 or 7 enter Higher Education. The most common destination for school leavers with no passes at SCQF Level 3 or better is Further Education (26.8 per cent). The pattern of destinations for those with SCQF Level 3 as their highest qualification was similar to this.

Table 8: Percentage of school leavers by highest SCQF Level achieved and initial destination category, 2017/181

Percentage
Initial 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 1.0 - 0.3 2.4 55.0 86.4 41.1
Further Education 26.8 33.0 46.1 50.5 18.7 4.0 26.5
Training 8.3 10.2 7.1 3.1 * * 2.1
Employment 17.6 16.2 24.6 35.6 22.6 7.5 22.7
Voluntary Work 0.8 1.0 0.7 0.5 0.6 1.0 0.7
Activity Agreement 11.0 12.6 5.1 0.9 * * 1.2
Positive Destinations 65.6 73.0 83.9 93.2 97.7 99.2 94.4
Unemployed Seeking 16.1 17.4 11.2 5.1 1.7 0.5 3.8
Unemployed Not Seeking 14.8 8.4 3.7 1.2 0.4 0.3 1.3
Unknown 3.5 1.2 1.2 0.5 0.2 0.0 0.4
Other Destinations 34.4 27.0 16.1 6.8 2.3 0.8 5.6
Number of Leavers 1,092 811 5,100 11,825 20,891 10,029 49,748

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

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