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

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Louise Woodland

Dear East Ayrshire 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

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Craig, Caroline, East Ayrshire Council

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CLASSIFICATION: PUBLIC

Request under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

I refer to your correspondence dated 31 May 2019 requesting information in relation to the number of 4th year pupils who 'legally' leave School before completing formal Education.

The Council is treating your request as a request under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and can respond as follows:

Nil return - no pupils who meet the criteria of the FOI i.e. from 2014-2019, S4 pupils who were due to complete National 3, 4 or 5 qualifications but who legally left school before finishing fourth year.

I trust this information has been of assistance to you and I have attached a leaflet to confirm your rights.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further information.

Kind regards

Caroline

Caroline Craig
Service Support Coordinator
Economy and Skills
East Ayrshire Council
London Road
KILMARNOCK
KA3 7BU
Tel: 01563 576140

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