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17/06/14 09:40

Statistics on school leaver attainment, destinations and healthy living

A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

The figures show that record levels of school leavers sustained a positive destination in March 2014, and that the number of schools meeting the target level of PE provision has increased.

Scotland’s Chief Statistician published ‘Summary statistics for attainment, leaver destinations and healthy living No.4: 2014 Edition’ and ‘Educational Outcomes for Scotland’s Looked After Children 2012/13’ today[1]. The results show that 90.0 per cent of school leavers were in a positive destination in March 2014, up from 89.5 last year, and that 62 per cent of looked after school leavers were in positive destinations in March 2014, 17 percentage points higher than in 2009/10. The lowest percentage of leavers on record (1.5 per cent) left school in 2012/13 without a qualification at Standard Grade Foundation or equivalent.

There has been improvement in the number of schools meeting the PE target of at least two hours of PE in primary and two periods (100 minutes) of PE at secondary school. In February 2014, 96 per cent of Scottish schools were meeting the PE target, up from 89 per cent in 2013. Of the 106 schools not meeting the target, 65 schools stated that they expect to be meeting or exceeding it by August 2014.

There has been an increase in pupils taking a school meal, from 49.5 per cent in 2013 to 49.8 per cent this year, whilst the percentage of pupils registered for free school meals has fallen from 19.6 per cent in 2013 to 18.8 per cent.

The rate of exclusions amongst looked after school pupils has fallen 43 per cent since 2009/10, from 365 exclusions per 1,000 to 209 per 1,000 in 2012/13, although it remains higher than for all pupils.

The figures released today were produced by independent statistical staff free from any political interference, in accordance with professional standards set out in the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.




[1] Educational Outcomes for Scotland’s Looked After Children 2012/13 is an Official Statistics publication

Notes to editors

Both publications use the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) post-appeal 2012/13 results and leaver destination data from Skills Development Scotland’s (SDS) School Leaver Destination Survey. Leavers are contacted in the September after they leave school (initial) and again the following March (follow-up). The figures in this news release refer to the follow up survey information.

Information on the PE target and school meals is from the latest Healthy Living Survey conducted in late February 2014. This information is collected at school level.

The National Statistics publication ‘Summary statistics for attainment, leaver destinations and healthy living No.4: 2014 Edition’ is available at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2014/06/9242.

This publication contains data on school leaver destinations and attainment, school meals information and data related to the PE target.

Further information on school pupils is available within the School Education section of the Scottish Government website: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/Browse/School-Education.

The Official Statistics publication ‘Educational Outcomes for Scotland’s Looked After Children 2012/13’ is available at http://scotland.gov.uk/stats/bulletins/01106.

This publication includes information on school leaver destinations and attainment of looked after children. It also covers attendance and exclusion rates of all looked after children.

Further information on Children and Families statistics within Scotland can be accessed at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/topics/statistics/browse/children

Official statistics are produced by professionally independent statistical staff – more information on the standards of official statistics in Scotland can be accessed at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/About

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