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School Leaver Destination Returns

The School Leaver Destination Return (SLDR) is a statistical return undertaken by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) on behalf of the Scottish Government.

The return is produced annually and is based on a follow up of young people who have left school between 1st August and 31st July each year.

The exercise is carried out during September with the results being published in December. The report analyses the characteristics of all leavers from publicly funded secondary schools and their reported destination after leaving school. Analysis of positive destinations, such as higher/further education and employment, and negative destinations is also included.

Although the SLDR is reported at a national level, SDS also produces Community Planning Partnership (CPP) reports at a local authority level. These reports give local authorities the same detailed analysis on school leavers that is found in the SLDR, at a local level.

Insight and SLDR Consultation Report

The Insight and SLDR Consultation report contains the findings of a recent consultation with stakeholders on how we should proceed with production of outputs from the autumn 2014 and spring 2015 SLDR reports. Specifically, the consultation asked for views on whether we should change our definition on leavers to match the definition on Insight, the online benchmarking tool for teachers. 

 

When will our statistics be published?

Please find a list of publication dates for future statistics.

Statistic Publication schedule (pdf)

Statistic Publication schedule (excel)

Further reading

Information on Insight

Insight is an online reporting tool introduced by the Scottish Government for secondary school teachers and local authorities to benchmark and improve the performance of pupils in the senior phase.

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  • School Leaver Destinations Return Intial Follow Up Summary Table 2012-13. Data at a Local Authority Level.
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