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Latest stats show continued progression for young people

Latest figures released by the Scottish Government have shown that school leavers across South Lanarkshire are going on to positive destinations in greater numbers than previously.

In 2015-16, 94.1 % of school leavers went onto positive destinations after leaving school in South Lanarkshire– an increase of 5 % since 2011-12. The figures also showed that 43% of leavers went into higher education, whilst 22% went into employment in 2015-16.

The SNP Government has made education its number one priority in this parliament and is committed to improving education standards in our schools and giving our young people the best opportunities in life.

Commenting, SNP MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Christina McKelvie MSP said:

“The Scottish Government is committed to continually improving standards in our schools and ensuring that young people have opportunities to go on to work, education or training and make the best start in adult life.

“Schools across South Lanarkshire are benefitting from this commitment from the Scottish Government and are making excellent progress in helping our young people have the best chances in life. The recent additional spending in the budget and the funding to close the attainment gap will go further still to helping more young people from Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse find positive destinations after leaving school.

“I’m delighted to see an incredible 94.1% of school leavers within my constituency and beyond are now going to positive destinations such as employment, training, university or college after leaving school. This shows the continued progress the Scottish Government is making to give young people across my constituency and across Scotland the best chance in life.”