East Lothian Council

Report gives positive insight into school leavers’ destinations

Published Wednesday 14th June 17

Ross High pupils studying

An increasing number of school leavers in East Lothian are going on to further education, training or employment.

The ‘Insight National Benchmarking Measures to 2016’ report, presented at an Education committee of East Lothian Council, is considered to be a key benchmark for helping schools and local authorities understand their strengths and key areas for improvement. The report examines how the Education Authority has performed over a five year period in relation to the national average with regards to increasing post-school participation; improving attainment in literacy and numeracy; improving attainment for all; and tackling disadvantage by improving the attainment of lower attainers relative to higher attainers.

Overall, the report indicates that pupil’s attainment and post-school participation has improved over the five year period to 2015/2016. Highlights of the report indicate that, in 2016:

  • the number of young people going on to a positive destination after leaving school was 93.5%, an increase from 91.8% in 2015. This continues an upward trend and is just above the national average
  • 88.7% of school leavers living in the 30% most deprived areas went into a positive destination, an increase of 8.8 percentage points on the previous year 
  • the percentage of school leavers attaining both Literacy and Numeracy shows an improving trend over the last 5 years

Fiona Robertson, Head of Education at East Lothian Council, said:

“Records show that an increasing number of our young people went on to a positive destination after leaving school last year, whether that is continuing their education, additional training or going into employment. This is great news. Also of note is the number of young people attaining in literacy and numeracy, which again, shows an improving trend. Of course, there is no complacency and there are always improvements to be made. This report will assist us in understanding where we can focus our efforts, and we are determined to ensure that improvement continues.”

Shamin Akhtar, Cabinet Spokesperson for Education and Children’s Services, said:

“There is a great deal to be positive about in this report. The increase in the number of young people leaving school and going on to a positive destination is particularly good news. A great deal of work goes into ensuring that progression routes are planned for young people, including working with partners in the community and those in further and high education. I want to thank all of those involved in achieving this improvement, including our Head teachers, teaching and non teaching staff, as well as parents and carers, who are also crucial in supporting our young people.”

The associated committee papers can be viewed on the East Lothian Council website.

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