This annual National Statistics publication:
- Provides information on the follow-up destinations of school leaversin Scotland.
- Covers all 2020/21 school leavers from publicly funded mainstream schools.
Follow-up destinations relate to outcomes approximately nine months after the end of the school year and the figures for the 2020/21 school leaver cohort relate to statuses recorded as at April 2022. It is likely that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will have continued to affect the destination choices made by, and opportunities available to, some school leavers in 2020/21. Further information can be found in section 1.1.
Full results are available from the supplementary tables.
93.2% of all 2020/21 school leavers were in a positive follow-up destination.
up from 92.2% in 2019/20.
40.3% of 2020/21 leavers were in Higher Education.
down from 42.9% in 2019/20
18.3% of the 2020/21 leavers were in Further Education.
down from 23.6% in 2019/20
31.5% of 2020/21 leavers were in Employment.
up from 21.3% in 2019/20
In 2020/21, 95.5% of leavers in a positive initial destination were also in a positive follow-up destination. This includes leavers in the same destination or in a different positive destination.
Employment was the most sustained destination category. 94.2% of leavers whose initial destination was Employment were also in Employment for their follow-up destination – although leavers may have changed their employer or type of employment during this time.
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