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93.8% OF SCHOOL LEAVERS IN WEST LOTHIAN IN POSITIVE DESTINATIONS

93.8% OF SCHOOL LEAVERS IN WEST LOTHIAN IN POSITIVE DESTINATIONS

Published date : 16 June, 2022

DEPRIVATION GAP AT RECORD LOW AND RECORD HIGH PROPORTION OF YOUNG PEOPLE FROM DEPRIVED COMMUNITIES IN POSITIVE DESTINATIONS

 

New statistics have shown 93.8% pupils across West Lothian were in a ‘positive destination’ within nine months of leaving school last year.

 

The latest figures show that 2,047 school leavers from West Lothian went on to including work, training or further study.

 

Across Scotland, the statistics show that 93.2% of pupils overall who left school last year were in a positive destination, which includes work, training or further study, nine months later - up from 92.2% in the previous year. The figures also show a record proportion of young people from the most deprived communities going on to positive destinations and the gap between school leavers from the most and least deprived areas achieving positive destinations narrowed to a record low of 7.5 percentage points - the gap has now more than halved since 2009-2010.

 

Commenting Almond Valley MSP Angela Constance said -

 

“It is brilliant to see 93.8% of pupils across West Lothian are going on to positive destinations – whether that be work, training or further study.

 

“After what has been a significantly challenging couple of years for our young people, all credit must be given to them for overcoming the challenges and the hard work of them and all those who have supported them.

 

“I am grateful that the Scottish Government is ensuring that strong action is being taken to fulfil our commitment to get it right our every child, providing the support and environment to give all our young people the best possible change to succeed – no matter what their background.

 

“From investing in tackling the poverty-related attainment gap, free tuition, or introducing the back-to-work Jobs Grant for people aged 16 to 24 – the SNP in Government is taking actions to prioritise young people.

 

“While opposition parties continue to paint a bleak picture of what young people in Scotland are achieving, the reality is that real progress is being made as a result of the Scottish Government’s action. One of the largest barriers standing in the way of their future prospects is being tied to a Westminster Government holding communities and sectors back.”  

 

ENDS

 

NOTES

 

Table L2.1 for Local Authority breakdown: Summary Statistics for Follow-up Leaver Destinations, No. 4: 2022 Edition - gov.scot (www.gov.scot)

LA Name

Number of leavers

% Positive Destination

Aberdeen City

1,470

92.1

Aberdeenshire

2,631

93.9

Angus

1,192

92.8

Argyll & Bute

801

94.4

Clackmannanshire

392

91.8

Dumfries & Galloway

1,470

94.4

Dundee City

1,222

91.0

East Ayrshire

1,206

93.4

East Dunbartonshire

1,323

95.5

East Lothian

1,087

94.7

East Renfrewshire

1,381

95.7

Edinburgh, City of

3,235

94.1

Na h-Eileanan Siar

280

95.4

Falkirk

1,554

93.6

Fife

3,745

89.8

Glasgow City

4,569

93.8

Highland

2,329

93.1

Inverclyde

738

91.7

Midlothian

877

92.9

Moray

879

92.3

North Ayrshire

1,368

93.6

North Lanarkshire

3,695

91.3

Orkney Islands

202

[c]

Perth & Kinross

1,415

95.3

Renfrewshire

1,663

92.8

Scottish Borders

1,105

95.2

Shetland Islands

257

97.3

South Ayrshire

1,121

97.6

South Lanarkshire

3,303

93.1

Stirling

1,082

93.6

West Dunbartonshire

908

88.3

West Lothian

2,047

93.8

 

  


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