East Dunbartonshire remains the top performing local authority in Scotland for school leavers going onto positive destinations. The School Leaver Destination Return (SLDR) is a statistical return undertaken by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) on behalf of the Scottish Government.
During the 2016/2017 data collection period, East Dunbartonshire had 1240 school leavers from mainstream secondary school and 98.3% (1219) of them went onto a positive destination. This compares with the national average of 93.6%
The majority of school leavers going on to a positive destination have gone on to higher education (64%), with the remainder going into further education (13.5%), employment (18.2%), training (1.6%) and voluntary work (1%).
Convener of Education, Councillor Jim Goodall welcomed the figures. He said, “Leaving school can be a daunting time for young people and preparation is key. Our schools are committed to ensuring senior pupils have plenty of opportunities to explore the options available to them and have access to guidance, work placements and college courses through the school term.”
“It is encouraging for parents and young people themselves to know that schools in East Dunbartonshire are consistently successful in preparing pupils for life after school.