ASH DENHAM WELCOMES LATEST FIGURES SHOWING RISE IN EDINBURGH SCHOOL LEAVERS GOING ON TO POSITIVE DESTINATIONS
Latest figures from the Scottish Government show that school leavers in the capital continue to go on to positive destinations after finishing secondary school – with the latest figures showing 93.6% of young people in Edinburgh are going into further or higher education, employment or training nine months after leaving school. A rise on 2016/17 levels that sat at 92.3%.
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, SNP MSP Edinburgh Eastern, Ash Denham, 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 Edinburgh.
“More young people across Edinburgh are going on to positive destinations than before – up from 92.3% to 93.6% over the last year.
“This is fantastic news for our community and testament to the hard work of our teachers here in the capital and across Scotland.
“While these figures are extremely encouraging – this SNP Government will keep working tirelessly to improve Scotland’s education.
“Perhaps it’s 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 fulfil their full potential.”