ERIC Number: ED400424
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
The 1994 Leavers. The Scottish School Leavers Survey.
A survey was conducted of young people who left school in Scotland in the 1993-94 academic year (the 1994 leavers). The survey sought information on the educational and employment activities of young people after they leave school, and their views and experiences of school itself, as well as background characteristics, such as parents' level of education and social class, family circumstances, and housing tenure. The survey had two components. The first part was an annual survey of school leavers. The second part was a follow-up survey of a year group at age 18-19. The survey of leavers, carried out each spring, involved a 10 percent sample of those who had left school in the previous academic session. The follow-up survey, conducted in 1995, involved a 10 percent sample of students who left school during the previous 4 years. Data were collected from the 1994 leavers by mailed survey and follow-up calls, eventually resulting in responses from 3,223 people, 66 percent of the initial sample. Some of the findings were the following: (1) the level of school qualifications held by school leavers is continuing to rise gradually; (2) the proportion of leavers who are still in full-time education has continued to increase in recent years, resulting in 44 percent of 1994 leavers still being in school; (3) there has been a steady decline of leavers involved in training programs; (4) the number of leavers receiving on-the-job training has declined slightly but still totals 77 percent; (5) students were fairly positive about their school experiences; (6) girls were more likely to achieve Higher Grades and complete Scottish Vocational Education Council modules than boys; and (7) 1994 leavers were generally optimistic about the future--the majority expected to be in either a full-time job or full-time education in spring 1996. (Contains 41 tables and 14 references.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Scottish Office Education and Industry Dept., Edinburgh.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)