Julia Belgutay

FE entries dip as HE drives ‘positive destinations’ rise

Pupils must not be pressured to enter higher education because sector ‘receives more attention’, union says

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Pupils must not be “pressured” into following a specific path, student representatives have warned, after a drop in the number of school-leavers entering further education.

Statistics published by the Scottish government reveal a record 93.3 per cent of pupils left the senior phase of school in 2015-16 for a “positive destination”: education, training or work. Overall, more than two-thirds (66.9 per cent) entered further and higher education at a Scottish college or university, a figure that has risen year-on-year since at least 2011-12.

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