01 September 2020

Education outcomes for Looked After Children 2018-19

The Scottish Government has today (1 September 2020) published the national Education Outcomes for Looked After Children for 2018-19 statistics report.

This includes information on attainment and destinations of school leavers, school attendance and absence and examined the education outcomes and post-school destinations of 1,031 young people who were Looked After at any point between August 2018 to July 2019 and who were in the 2018/19 school leaver cohort, two per cent of the total school leavers.

The report shows that the education outcomes for Looked After children have improved over the last six years, however attainment is still poor compared to the total population of pupils in Scotland.

35% of Looked After school leavers gained one or more qualifications at SCQF level 5 (up from 23% in 2012-13) and 71% of Looked After school leavers had positive destinations (for example college or employment) after leaving school (up from 63% in 2012-13). The report also found that school attendance was down a little from 89% in 2012-13 to 87% in 2018-19.