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Press Release

School leavers across Perth and Kinross heading for work or study

Publised date : 21 Jun 2019

Latest figures from the Scottish Government show that school leavers in Perth and Kinross continue to go on to positive destinations after finishing secondary school.

The latest figures show 95.7% of young people across the region going into further or higher education, employment or training nine months after leaving school, This is a rise on 2016/17 levels, that sat at 94.0%. 
Across Scotland, the number of school leavers reaching a positive destination has risen to 93.2% - the highest level since comparable figures began in 2009/10 when 85.2% of young people entered a positive destination. 
Of those in positive destinations across Scotland, 39% are at University and 22.7% are at college, while 28.3% are in employment. 

The proportion of looked-after children entering further and higher education is now also at a record high. The proportion of looked-after young people in positive destinations nine months after leaving school has increased to 76% over the past five years.

Commenting on the latest stats, Perthshire North MSP, Mr John Swinney, said:

“Education is the Scottish Government’s number one priority and these figures show that the SNP’s approach is working for young people here in Perth and Kinross 

“More young people across the region are going on to positive destinations than before – up from 94% to 95.7% over the last year. 

“This is fantastic news for our community and testament to the hard work of our teachers here in Perth and Kinross and across Scotland. 

“While these figures are extremely encouraging, this SNP Government will keep working tirelessly to improve Scotland’s education. 

“It is now time for local politicians to stop sniping and get behind the SNP’s positive efforts to ensure all our young people have the opportunity to realise their full potential.” 

Local News, Education