Total number of 4th year pupils who 'legally' leave School before completing formal Education

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Louise Woodland

Dear Perth and Kinross Council,

This is a Freedom of Information request regarding the total number of 4th year pupils who 'legally' leave School before completing formal Education.

For each year from academic year 2014-2015 to 2018-2019, I would like to know the total number of fourth year pupils who were due to complete National 3, 4 or 5 qualifications but who legally left school before finishing fourth year. I am only interested in those who were in the process of undertaking these qualifications and did not complete them, not those who would not have been presented for any of these even if they had completed fourth year.

To clarify, by “legally” I mean those children who were 16 years of age by the end of February in fourth year (in accordance with the Education (Scotland) Act 1980, section 33, sub-section 2a) who were entitled to leave due to having had their entry to primary school legally deferred (they started school at age five not four -in accordance with section 32, sub-section 3 of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980).

I am trying to establish how many children who would have been presented for National 3,4 or 5 qualifications if they had continued S4, left before completing these.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs L Woodland

FOI - Generic Email Account, Perth and Kinross Council

Dear Mrs Woodland

 

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act  2002

Request for Information – 4^th Year Pupil Information

 

I acknowledge receipt of your request for information dated 14 June 2019.

 

I understand that the information you seek is:-

 

For each year from academic year 2014-2015 to 2018-2019 –

 

Please provide the total number of fourth year pupils who were due to
complete National 3, 4 or 5 qualifications but who legally left school
before finishing fourth year. I am only interested in those who were in
the process of undertaking these qualifications and did not complete them,
not those who would not have been presented for any of these even if they
had completed fourth year.

 

To clarify, by “legally” I mean those children who were 16 years of age by
the end of February in fourth year (in accordance with the Education
(Scotland) Act 1980, section 33, sub-section 2a) who were entitled to
leave due to having had their entry to primary school legally deferred
(they started school at age five not four -in accordance with section 32,
sub-section 3 of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980).

 

I am trying to establish how many children who would have been presented
for National 3,4 or 5 qualifications if they had continued S4, left before
completing these.

 

I am currently dealing with your request and will issue my response no
later than 12 July 2019 which is 20 working days as permitted in terms of
section 10(1) of the above legislation.

 

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contact me immediately.

 

Please use the reference Number ATI 2019 06 14 001 in any future
correspondence relating to this request.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Information Officer

Information Governance Team

Legal & Governance Services

Corporate and Democratic Services

2 High Street

Perth

PH1 5PH

 

Telephone 01738 477950

 

 

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FOI - Generic Email Account, Perth and Kinross Council

Dear Ms Woodland

 

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Request for Information – 4^th Year Pupil Information

 

I refer to your request for information dated 13 June 2019

 

The information you requested was:-

 

For each year from academic year 2014-2015 to 2018-2019 –

 

Please provide the total number of fourth year pupils who were due to
complete National 3, 4 or 5 qualifications but who legally left school
before finishing fourth year. I am only interested in those who were in
the process of undertaking these qualifications and did not complete them,
not those who would not have been presented for any of these even if they
had completed fourth year.

 

To clarify, by “legally” I mean those children who were 16 years of age by
the end of February in fourth year (in accordance with the Education
(Scotland) Act 1980, section 33, sub-section 2a) who were entitled to
leave due to having had their entry to primary school legally deferred
(they started school at age five not four -in accordance with section 32,
sub-section 3 of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980).

 

I am trying to establish how many children who would have been presented
for National 3,4 or 5 qualifications if they had continued S4, left before
completing these.

 

Response 

 

In relation to the above, I have been advised of the following;

 

Assuming that all S4 pupils would be presented for a N3, N4 or N5
qualification, the following number of pupils left between August and the
end of April with a reason for leaving of ‘Left school (over minimum
leaving age)’  and did not achieve a N3, N4 or N5 qualification.

 

+----------------------------------------+
|Academic Year | Number of Pupils |
|----------------+-----------------------|
|2014/15 | 4 |
|----------------+-----------------------|
|2015/16 | 13 |
|----------------+-----------------------|
|2016/17 | 3 |
|----------------+-----------------------|
|2017/18 | 6 |
|----------------+-----------------------|
|2018/19 | 3 |
+----------------------------------------+

 

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Information Officer

Information Governance Team

Legal & Governance Services

Corporate and Democratic Services

2 High Street

Perth

PH1 5PH

 

Telephone 01738 477950

 

 

 

 

 

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