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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5O-00564: Rona Mackay (Strathkelvin and Bearsden)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 11 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what analysis its education directorate has carried out regarding the number of school leavers who do not go on to further education or reach positive destinations.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 18 January 2017

A record low of eight per cent of young people leaving school in 2014-5 in Scotland were not in a positive follow up destination in March 2016. The majority of this group comprised young people that were unemployed and seeking employment or training (5.7 per cent of 2014-15 school leavers). The remainder were either unemployed and not seeking employment or training, or their destination was unknown. The latest figure is a considerable improvement over the position in 2009-10, when 14.8 per cent of school leavers were not in positive follow-up destinations.