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Moves of school leavers revealed in study

SCHOOLS in East Renfrewshire are producing the highest number of pupils who get a job, enter a training scheme or take up a place in higher education.

Scottish Government figures show almost all of the area's school leavers have a destination in place.

Across Scotland, record numbers are heading to 'positive destinations' upon leaving school, while fewer are joining the dole queue.

According to the statistics, which cover the period from August 1, 2011 to July 31, 2012, 89.9% of school leavers are going into work, training or education.

During that time, 1354 pupils in East Renfrewshire left school, with 80% going on to university or college, and 12% getting a job.

In the Shetland Isles, almost one in three teenagers got a job, with the figures for the Orkney Islands 32% and 29% for the Western Isles. For Aberdeen, the figure was 29%.

Clackmannanshire produced the fewest number who went to university, while in Dundee, 36% went to college, the highest number in Scotland.

Midlothian Council came bottom in the table overall, with 85% entering some form of education or employment after school.

Youth employment minister Angela Constance said: "We are investing more than £80 million in our young people, their potential and talent, to improve their life chances and help boost Scotland's economy."

Lisa Beattie, Midlothian cabinet member for education, said: "We are dissatisfied with these figures as the current level is way below our aspirations."

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