Progress made in raising attainment

Thursday May 19th 2016

Young people in Midlothian are performing better at secondary school. Great strides have also been made in making sure as many teenagers as possible leave school and go on to a positive destination such as a job or college course.

At a full council meeting this week, councillors heard of progress made in raising attainment to create a world-class education system in Midlothian.

The latest figures for 2014/15 show that the number of pupils attaining a Level 4 Literacy and Numeracy qualification is up from 74.4% in 2011 to 85.7% in 2015, a rise of 11.3%.

Attainment in Level 5 Literacy and Numeracy is also improving, up from 45.7% in 2011 to 56.3% in 2015.

The percentage of school leavers going on to a positive destination such as further education or an apprenticeship has also risen, up from 85.2% in 2010/11 to 93.44% in 2014/15.

Midlothian Council’s cabinet member for education, Councillor Bob Constable said: “Well done to all our pupils, teachers and education staff. We’re delighted with progress made but we are also committed to doing more to raise attainment.

“For example, we want to further improve literacy and numeracy at Levels 4 and 5. We want to continue to improve the numbers of S5 pupils gaining qualifications as this will have a positive impact on the number of pupils leaving school for further education. We want to encourage more young people to stay on at school and, moving forward, we remain committed to closing the gap in educational attainment by reducing inequalities.”

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