School Leavers Across Renfrewshire Heading For Work Or Study

Derek MacKay MSP, George Adam MSP, Gavin Newlands MP

More Young People Setting Up For Success After School


School leavers in Renfrewshire continue to go on to positive destinations after finishing secondary school – with the latest figures showing 92.8% of youngsters in Renfrewshire going into further or higher education, employment or training three months after leaving school.


The total across Scotland has risen from 93.3% last year to 93.7% this year – showing that even more young people are finding fulfilling opportunities after leaving school.


In Renfrewshire, the percentage of people going on to positive destinations has gone from 92.2% last year to 92.8% this year – and increased from 88.1% since 2011/12.


Of those in positive destinations, 45% are at University and 23% are at college, while 21% are in employment and 3% are in training.


Commenting on the latest stats, Paisley’s MSP, George Adam said:


“The Scottish Government continues to make education its priority this parliament – and these figures reflect just how important SNP action on education is for our young people.


“Being able to go on to a positive destination after leaving school – whether that is college, university, work or training – is a great boost for young people across Renfrewshire, improving their self-confidence and setting them up to make positive contributions to our communities as adults.


“That more young people across Renfrewshire are going on to positive destinations this year than previously – up from 88.1% to 92.8% over the last six years – is fantastic news for our local community.


“Our young people need fulfilling work, study or training after leaving school to help ensure they don’t get left behind – and these positive figures for Renfrewshire and across Scotland show that they are benefitting from exactly that.”






School Leavers Going on to Positive Destinations at a Record High

George Adam MSP

George Adam MSP

Paisley’s MSP George Adam has welcomed positive new figures for Scotland’s education sector which show record numbers of school leavers going on to positive destinations – and the number of schools meeting the PE provision target increasing dramatically in the last year.

Figures have been published today showing that 90 per cent of school leavers went on to a positive destination in March 2014 – the highest level on record.

The figures have also been published showing that 96 per cent of schools in Scotland were meeting the target for PE provision in February 2014 – an 11 per cent increase over the last year.

Commenting, George said:

“These figures are a welcome endorsement of the strength of Scotland’s world-class education system – and an example of the Scottish Government’s commitment to education paying dividends.

“That the numbers of school leavers going on to positive destinations has increased to a record high is very encouraging – and follows on from ONS figures showing that Scotland is the most highly educated country in Europe with the numbers of people going on to higher and tertiary education ‘just about the highest in the world’.

“In Paisley, all primary and secondary schools are meeting PE provision targets and across Scotland as a whole, 96% of schools are hitting this target. This is very encouraging and shows that Scotland’s children are becoming more active and Scotland is steadily becoming a healthier nation. With the Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup taking place on our doorstep this year, coupled with Wimbledon and the World Cup, we truly have a wonderful summer of sport to enjoy, hopefully spurring people on to take up one of the sports themselves.

“Today’s figures are an encouraging sign of the great progress that is being made in Scotland’s schools – and with the Curriculum for Excellence now being rolled out we can build on this progress and make Scotland’s education system even stronger.”