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    School leavers in Forth Valley reaching positive destinations

    Written by on July 2, 2019

    The number of school leavers in Scotland reaching a positive destination, has reached its highest level in a decade.

    An average of 93.2% of youngsters went into further education, employment or training, within nine months of finishing high school.

    4 in 10 are at university, just over a fifth are at college, while more than a quarter have a job.

    In the Forth Valley, there were increase in Stirling and Clacks – but Falkirk saw a slight drop.

    Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford commented, “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 the Stirling area.

    “More young people across Stirling are going on to positive destinations than before – up from 93.9% to 94.7% over the last year.

    “This is fantastic news for our community and testament to the hard work of our teachers here in Stirling 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.”

    A Clacks Council spokesperson said, “We are pleased with this continued improvement in our positive destinations, an improving trend over the last four years.

    “The Education Service and our schools have been working relentlessly in partnership with Forth Valley College, Skills Development Scotland, Developing the Young Workforce, our Third Sector Partners and Higher Education to improve outcomes for all our young people.

    “We now have more school leavers in further education and higher percentage of school leavers in Higher Education, and in Activity Agreements than the Scottish average.

    “We have placed a strong focus on vocational qualifications and in particular look forward to more young people benefitting from Foundation Apprenticeships this year.”