I’m less than positive that destination data is sound

Figures showing good outcomes for the vast majority of leavers are misleading

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According to the latest figures published by the Scottish government, 93 per cent of school leavers in 2015-16 were in a “positive” destination approximately three months after leaving. Members of the government cheered this news, but should we?

Looking more closely, we should be questioning this figure. Within this 93 per cent, there are young people who are in temporary jobs or underemployed (for example, some are working an insufficient number of hours), and people struggling to finance the costs of their studies or attending a course or training which may not improve their chances to get a ...

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