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Positive futures for East Renfrewshire pupils

Leaver destination figures hit record high

School pupils 2019

East Renfrewshire pupils are leaving school more prepared for the next step in their learning journey than ever before.

An impressive 97.4% of 2017/18 school leavers were in a positive destination, which includes attending college or university, training, employment, voluntary work or an activity agreement.

This is the highest ever result achieved by East Renfrewshire schools, and is above the national average of 94.4%, according to the latest figures published by the Scottish Government.

The council also had the highest proportion of leavers with vocational qualifications at SCQF level 6 or better across the whole country (11.4%), significantly above the national average of 3.8%.

Much of this success is down to the clear strategy put in place by the council to deliver on Education Scotland's Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) programme, which aims to better prepare children and young people for the world of work.

A strong emphasis has been placed on vocational courses and training in recent years across all East Renfrewshire schools, which includes now offering Foundation Apprenticeships, providing a broader range of qualifications for senior pupils, and significantly increasing the number of partnerships between schools, colleges and employers.

The figures also highlighted that East Renfrewshire had 66.7% of leavers attending Higher Education (university or an equivalent level of study), the highest proportion in the country and well above the national average of 41.1%.

Our schools are recognised as being some of the best in the country, so it is extremely pleasing to see that our pupils' are building on all their excellent experiences and taking this into the next stage of their learning. With almost 80% of our pupils going on to college or university, coupled with the significant level of vocational qualifications they are now leaving school with, it is clear that we are preparing all our young people to make a positive step into their future learning and careers.
Councillor Paul O'Kane, Convener for Education and Equalities

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