It is equally apparent that many young people only appreciate their options after they leave school. Almost one in five experiences either "chaotic" or "uneven" routes into work and long periods of difficulties.
The most vulnerable will certainly be the virtual non-readers in primary, who continue to struggle with the secondary curriculum, and who end up with few, if any, Standard grades of worth. Improvements in basic skills among the most disadvantaged and more relevant vocational education are two tenets of the Scottish Executive's agenda. It is difficult to argue with that.