Midlothian pupils’ progress sees increase in attainment

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Young people in Midlothian are performing better at secondary school.

Efforts have also been made in making sure as many teenagers as possible leave school and go on to a positive destination such as a job or college course.

The latest figures for 2014/15 show that the number of pupils attaining a Level 4 Literacy and Numeracy qualification is up from 74.4 per cent in 2011 to 85.7 per cent in 2015. Attainment in Level 5 Literacy and Numeracy is also improving, up from 45.7 per cent in 2011 to 56.3 per cent in 2015.

The percentage of school leavers going on to a positive destination such as further education or an apprenticeship has also risen, up to 93.44 per cent in 2014/15.

Councillor Bob Constable (SNP) said: “We’re delighted with progress made but we are also committed to doing more to raise attainment.

“For example, we want to further improve literacy and numeracy at Levels 4 and 5. We want to continue to improve the numbers of S5 pupils gaining qualifications as this will have a positive impact on the number of pupils leaving school for further education.

“We want to encourage more young people to stay on at school and, moving forward, we remain committed to closing the gap in educational attainment by reducing inequalities.”