GLASGOW Schools have recorded their highest score for pupils going into “positive destinations”.

The figures for 2018 show more pupils than ever before heading to higher or further education, work or training.

In total 92.3% of pupils were in a positive outcome. The city’s figures have been going in an upwards direction for the last decade, rising from 83% positive in 2008.

The number of pupils going to university and other higher education courses has also hit a high with almost one in four heading that way last year.

The percentage of pupils going into higher education has increased from 24% ten years ago to 39% last year with a corresponding drop of those leaving school and going into employment and particularly into training.

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The rate of school leavers taking up a training place has dropped from almost one in ten in 2008 (9.4% to under a one in 20 (4.2%) last year.

Those in employment has also fallen from 22% to 17.8%, although this has fluctuated over the past decade.

The number who are unemployed and seeking work has also dropped to the lowest ever recorded to 5.7%.

Education bosses state that the latest figures show efforts are paying off.

Maureen McKenna, Executive Director of Education said: “This is an excellent achievement for our schools as the international evidence shows that the longer young people stay in education past the statutory leaving date the better their longer term outcomes will be. The increase in higher education is linked to our success in raising attainment at Higher level.”

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The school with the most pupils going to higher education was the Gaelic School (61%,) followed by Notre Dame and Hyndland at 60%.

The school where most pupils went into work was Bannerman High at 28.7% followed by Whitehill in Dennistoun at 24% and St Mungo’s in the east end and Govan High, both at 23%.

Ms McKenna, in a report to councillors said the improved figures will benefit the city in the long term.

She said: “If our young people achieve positive outcomes in their lived this will have a positive impact on the longer term social and community life of Glasgow.

“Young people who are better educated are able to contribute more positively to the growing economy of the city.”

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