Scottish school leavers staying on in education rises slightly
The number of Scottish school leavers staying on in education, getting a job or doing voluntary work is up slightly.
In 2015/16, 93.3% of youngsters were in a "positive destination" three months after leaving high school. That was up from 93% in 2014/15.
The Scottish government figures also showed that those taking up training was 2.6%, down from 3.8% in 2014/15.
The data is based on what happened to 52,249 pupils in S4 to S6 attending council-run and grant aided schools.
Minister for Further and Higher Education and Science, Shirley-Anne Somerville, said the statistics showed that the government was making real progress in enabling young people in Scotland to realise "their full potential".
She added: "It is especially encouraging to note that the proportion of school leavers in our most deprived areas going on to a positive destination is at a record high.
"I am also pleased to note that the proportion of school leavers going directly into higher education has reached its highest ever level."
|What do Scotland's school leavers go on to do?|
|Destination||2014/15 %||2015/16 %||% change|
|Unemployed (seeking work)||5.4||5.1||-0.3|
|Unemployed (not seeking work)||1.1||1.3||+0.2|
|All positive destinations||93.0||93.3||+0.3|
The statistics also showed that from the 20% least deprived areas of Scotland, 96.6% of former pupils were in a "positive destination". That is up from 95.1% in 2011/12.
When looking at the 20% most deprived areas, the data shows that 88.7% of former pupils continued in education, got a job or secured training - that is up by 0.2% on 2014/15 and up by 4.8% on 2011/12.
At a local authority level Glasgow (89.9% of 4,551 pupils) and Clackmannanshire (90.2% of 489 pupils) had the lowest percentage of pupils going on to "positive destinations" while Na h-Eileanan Siar (97.6% of 248 pupils) and East Dunbartonshire (97.5% of 1,368 pupils) had the highest percentages.