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 6: Forthcoming reporting

6.1 Future Reporting

The reporting schedule of school leaver attainment and destination statistics has changed in 2019 to better meet user needs. This is the first edition of 'Summary Statistics for Attainment and Initial Leaver Destinations'. In June 2019 the first edition of 'Summary Statistics for Follow-up Leaver Destinations' will be published. Both of these publications report on all school leavers. In previous years all of these statistics were published in June in 'Summary Statistics for Attainment, Leaver Destinations and Healthy Living'. These changes reflect the results from the user consultation which was conducted in September 2017, see section 6.2 for more information.

The Scottish Government and Skills Development Scotland are currently investigating methods to develop a new measure of long-term outcomes for school leavers using the Annual Participation Measure (APM) methodology. We will consult with stakeholders on this in due course and, if feasible, the intention is that it will replace the existing school leaver follow-up destination measure. For further information about the Annual Participation Measure produced by Skills Development Scotland see background note 7.10.

6.2 User Consultation

In September 2017, a consultation was conducted seeking users' views on possible future developments to Scottish Government school leaver destination statistical outputs, and information on use made of these statistics more generally.

Following analysis of the consultation findings a refined publication plan was put in place:

  • cease publication of the 'Initial Destinations of Senior Phase School Leavers' statistical report (senior phase leavers only)
  • bring forward publication of school leaver attainment and school leaver initial destinations from June 2019 to February 2019 (all leavers)
  • publish school leaver follow-up destinations in June 2019 (all leavers)

Full results of the user consultation can be found here:

6.3 Foundation Apprenticeships

Foundation Apprenticeships have been designed and developed with industry and SQA, and are aligned to key sectors of the economy with current skills shortages and projected future jobs growth. They provide work-based learning opportunities with industry recognised qualifications in the senior phase of secondary education

They are included in figures on school leavers attaining vocational qualifications (see table A1.3 in the supplementary tables) but are not currently included in the wider suite of attainment measures found within this report.

In line with the expansion of Foundation Apprenticeships, the Scottish Government will consider whether and how they are reported as part of the key attainment measures in future versions of this report, and will consult with stakeholders in due course.

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