FOI Request - School Leavers Statistics

Request 101000259422

1. Can you clarify what 'National 4' means please.

- Does the child receive a nationally recognised (by employers)certificate of education?

2. What is the minimum age a child can leave school?

- By law you cannot employ a child under the age of 16 years and a child cannot start an apprenticeship until 16 years of age.

3. What do these children do until the age of 16?

4. Has the Education system completely let these children down?

5. How many students have left school at the minimum leaving age?

6. How many children have 'National 4'?

7. How many children have left education after sitting prelims and no other exams?

Response 14-07-2014

1. Prior to this year young people studied for Standard Grades, Access courses and Intermediate courses in S4 through to S6. They can also study Higher and Advanced Higher from S5-6.  These have been revised in light of Curriculum for Excellence and they now study for National 1-5 Courses normally in S4.  National 4 is fully internally assessed with no external examination.  It is equivalent to General level at Standard Grade or Intermediate 1 levels.  

Certificates are issued in August by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)

2. The school leaving age is 16.  There are two school leaving dates - 30 May is a child is 16 between 1 March and 30 September then first day of Christmas holidays if a child reaches 16 between 1 October and 28/29 February.

3. Remain at school unless home educated.

4. No

5. 46

6. this will not be known until SQA release results on 5 August 2014.

7. 0 (not all have external examinations)

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