Positive destinations for Stirling school leavers

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Positive destinations for Stirling school leavers

Monday 20th March, 2017

More senior pupils than ever before in Stirling are going on to positive destinations upon leaving school.

The Scottish Government published their ‘Initial Destinations of Senior Phase School Leavers’ report on the 7th March 2017, which refers to data recorded in October 2016 on pupils who have left school in S4-S6.

In 2015-16, 1,060 young people left school in Stirling, with 989 entering a positive destination - like Higher or Further Education, Training or Employment.

Over the last five years there has been an increase in the number of young people entering employment straight from school with an increase of 8.4% since 2011/12, and the proportion of young people recorded as being unemployed upon leaving school in 2015-16 was 6.6% which is the lowest figure ever recorded for Stirling Council.

Local figures for positive destinations for school leavers have increased by 2.6% to a rate of 93.3% which is equal to the national rate and the highest achieved for Stirling in five years. The most popular destination continues to be higher education with more than 40% of Stirling young people opting to go to university, consistently above the national average.

All seven Stirling secondary schools are dedicated to ensuring pupils reach positive destinations when they leave school. Key staff work to progress the Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) agenda, which has seen school-employer partnerships emerge and numerous career events in schools for learners and their families.

The Schools College Opportunities to Succeed (SCOTS) Programme is an innovative project for S4 students at risk of negative destinations to experience taster courses in eight vocational subjects at college. Initial evaluations show good attendance and a good rate of students opting for full time college placements.

Stirling Council’s Chief Education Officer, Kevin Kelman said: “Providing a range of learner pathways for our young people to enable them to reach positive destinations upon leaving school is a key priority for Stirling Council. A lot of fantastic partnership work is going on between our schools, Forth Valley College and local employers which has contributed to more of Stirling's young people going on to further education, training or employment after leaving school. While this is a great achievement we are continuing our efforts to support all of our young people reach positive destinations.”

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