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School data published

Published: 22 Mar 2016 10:15
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More pupils going on to positive destinations.

A record proportion of young people are leaving Scotland's local secondary schools to positive destinations, new data shows.

Statistics for every local authority secondary school have been published on Education Scotland's Parentzone Scotland website, showing 93 per cent of pupils across Scotland left to destinations including further education, training or employment in 2014/15.

The statistics are part of a range of data available to parents on the website, which was revamped last year.

The information covers five areas:

  • initial leavers destinations
  • attainment in literacy and numeracy of school leavers
  • attainment in context of deprivation by SIMD quintile for school leavers
  • whole school attainment and
  • number of awards at SCQF levels for school leavers.

Education Secretary Angela Constance said:

"Parents can now benefit from more and better information than ever before, helping them become more informed about their children's progress – our young people deserve nothing less. I am very clear, however, that schools cannot be judged by any single measure, and that this data adds to a range of available information on individual school performance. It strengthens our knowledge as we work with pupils, parents and teachers to improve educational attainment across the country.

"This Government has taken a range of steps to improve educational standards and to ensure every child has the ability to achieve their full potential, and I am delighted to see that at a national level, the data shows an upward trend of young people going on to positive destinations.

"Good, factual information also helps us to see where we could be doing more. We are beginning to reap the benefits of Curriculum for Excellence, which is designed to give young people every possible chance of entering employment, training or further education. The new National Improvement Framework and Attainment Scotland Fund will further help us identify and promote best practice across the education system, ensuring every child in Scotland gets the best possible opportunities to pursue their ambitions."

Notes to editors

Parentzone Scotland can be accessed at

Parentzone Scotland provides parents with a range of information and advice including how to support their child's learning at home, additional support needs, learning in Scotland (including curriculum and qualification structures), and how to become further involved in their child's education.

Following interest from users, for the first time we will publish national school-leaver performance data on Parentzone Scotland this year.

National data is provided to inform parents as well as local and national policy-makers and others about leavers' destinations and senior phase attainment in Scotland.

To understand how well schools are doing it is necessary to consider the school context and pupil profile. It is not therefore helpful to draw comparisons between individual school's data or between school data and the national data.