Despite the Pandemic, 93.3% of school leavers in positive destinations

In a Scottish Government press release today, there was much to be pleased about in these difficult times but the Herald had other ideas as you can see above.

Here’s the other news of great achievements by staff and pupils in the most challenging of times:

93.3% of pupils had a ’positive destination’ including work, training or further study within three months of leaving school last year, official statistics show.

The proportion of school leavers in higher or further education is at a record high, with 72.2% continuing in education in 2019-20, up from 67.6% in 2018-19.

The statistics highlight the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, with the fall in positive destinations from 95.0% last year mostly driven by a decrease in leavers going into work.

The figures also show that for National Qualifications:

  • The proportion of school leavers with one pass or more at SCQF Level 5 (e.g. National 5) or better is 85.7%. In 2009-10 the proportion was 77.1%.
  • The proportion of school leavers with one pass or more at SCQF Level 6 (e.g. Higher) or better is 63.9%. In 2009-10 the proportion was 50.4%

There’s more at:

https://www.gov.scot/publications/summary-statistics-attainment-initial-leaver-destinations-no-3-2021-edition/

9 thoughts on “Despite the Pandemic, 93.3% of school leavers in positive destinations”

  1. The owners of the herald do not want scottish independence to happen so they do their bit
    The best they can do is tell lies
    Once scotland is independent the herald will be no more
    Hardly anyone buys it now
    Nobody will buy it after independence

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  2. Just wait till the major impacts of covid over
    As no doubt English performances will be in free fall
    But as usual once they realise the ball is on its way to the back of the net
    Someone miraculously appears and moves the goal posts
    And the English think tis a cricket ball and not a football
    .

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  3. Regardless of The Herald’s negative framing, this is a remarkable outcome given the prevailing economic conditions and the education challenges that young people have faced. And the Scottish Government is not content: it is doing more to assist young people achieve ‘positive destinations’.

    Source: ‘Delivering the Youth Guarantee’ – Scottish Government news release (02 Sep 2020). It states:

    ‘Scotland’s Youth Guarantee will give young people the chance to succeed despite the economic impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19). The guarantee will ensure everyone aged between 16 and 24 has the opportunity of work, education or training. The Scottish Government is funding it with £60 million which will be broken down as follows:

    £30 million through local authorities to help local partnerships to deliver employability support for young people

    £10 million to create additional opportunities in colleges

    £10 million additional funding for Developing the Young Workforce, the Scottish Government’s internationally recognised Youth Employment Strategy

    £10 million to support pathways to apprenticeships.”

    Sandy Begbie, who led the ‘Developing the Young Workforce Group’ that contributed to the delivery of the Edinburgh Guarantee to young people, was asked by the SG to devise the implementation plan for this latest Scotland-wide initiative. Mr Begbie states:

    ““While very ambitious, in many ways this guarantee is quite simple. It is an unconditional commitment to all our 16-24 year olds, whose lives and prospects could be irreparably damaged by COVID-19. It is a guarantee of education, an apprenticeship, training, employment, volunteering or supported activity. Keeping young people connected in a way they feel valued and productive is at the heart of this guarantee.

    “To deliver this we need a call to action across the private, public, third and education sectors with everyone doing all they can to create opportunities for our young people.“

    So how many jobs for young people is The Herald offering in order to play its part in this national partnership …. I wonder?

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  4. John Don’t know if you got a message from SNP direct, but just wanted to pass this on as it is of interest to us locals.

    “Councillor William Grant contacted me today with some good news regarding education in South Ayrshire.

    ‘Today the Scottish Leaver Destination figures were announced. I thought you would like to know that South Ayrshire’s results are the best in Scotland at 98.4% positive destinations*. Quite a turnaround from last year when we were 28th in Scotland. It was a good piece of partnership working between employability and skills, secondary schools, Skills Development Scotland and the College that achieved such a positive result for our young people

    Robert

    On Tue, 23 Feb 2021, 8:20 pm Talking-up Scotland [Photo John Pow}, wrote:

    > johnrobertson834 posted: ” In a Scottish Government press release today, > there was much to be pleased about in these difficult times but the Herald > had other ideas as you can see above. Here’s the other news of great > achievements by staff and pupils in the most challenging ” >

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      1. Sorry John, it was only in an email from our Branch secretary. The reference he gave was just to the main report on which you have posted.

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    1. Robert
      We should “Love Bomb’ all the Unionists MSM and social media platforms with this and similar news
      Which is disgusting fake news no doubt
      But with caveat that we will only join up with
      Them once England surpasses such pathetically low % of achievement
      And plead with them to make representation to The Great Emperor Boris the Terrible
      So he can whack this mole firmly upon the head
      Good Gawd man 98.4 % bloody pathetic.
      A target that England shall beat with consummate ease

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