Statistics on school leaver attainment, destinations and healthy living

Date: 29th June 2016
Category: Care Experienced children, Education, Leisure and Cultural Activities

Scotland's Chief Statistician has published 'Summary statistics for attainment, leaver destinations and healthy living No.6: 2016 Edition' and 'Educational Outcomes for Scotland's Looked After Children 2014/15'.

The results show that 92.0 per cent of 2014/15 school leavers were in a positive destination in March 2016, up from 91.7 per cent of 2013/14 school leavers in March 2015.

The percentage of school leavers attaining a qualification at SCQF level 6 or 7 (Higher or above) has increased each year, from 52.3 per cent for 2010/11 school leavers to 60.2 per cent for 2014/15. The percentage of school leavers from more deprived areas attaining a qualification at SCQF level 6 or better has also increased over this period, reaching 41.2 per cent for 2014/15 school leavers. The percentage of pupils leaving with no qualifications at SCQF level 3 or above remains low, at 2.1 per cent (a slight increase from 1.7 per cent for 2013/14).

Looked after school leavers continue to have lower levels of attainment and there are lower proportions in positive post-school destinations than school leavers generally, but this gap has narrowed since 2009/10.

Looked after children continue to experience higher rates of exclusions than the general school population, although the rate has fallen steadily since 2009/10. School attendance rates among looked after children have also improved since 2009/10, although they continue to be lower than the general school population.

From January 2015 eligibility to free school meals was extended to all pupils in primary 1 to 3. The percentage of pupils on survey day who took a school meal (free or paid for) increased from 56.5 per cent in 2015 to 58.1 per cent in 2016. This increase was largely due to the increase in proportion of P1-P3 pupils taking a free school meal, with 81.7 per cent of P1-P3 pupils taking a meal (up from 78.9 per cent in 2015).

The proportion of all schools meeting the Physical Education (PE) target of at least two hours in primary and two periods (100 minutes) at secondary school was the same as in February 2015 (98 per cent). The proportion of primary schools meeting the target remained the same as in 2015 (99 per cent) and the proportion of secondary schools meeting the target increased from 93 per cent in 2015 to 95 per cent in 2016.