Participation Measure

The Scottish Government’s Opportunities for All commitment offers a place in learning or training to every 16-19 year old who is not in employment, education or training.

The statistics currently used to measure progress on this ambition are the sustained school leaver destinations. It is recognised, however, that this approach limits our ability to fully assess the impact that Opportunities for All, and the support provided by partner agencies, has on the entire 16-19 cohort.

To address this, SDS worked with the Scottish Government to develop a new Participation Measure – first published in 2015 - which allows us to identify the status of the wider 16-19 cohort – not just those who have left school. This measure is drawn from records on our Customer Support System (CSS), which are updated by SDS and by partners (local authorities/schools, colleges, SAAS, DWP etc) through the 16+ Data Hub. It allows all partners to better understand the impact of interventions and the outcomes they deliver at every transition point for 16-19 year olds. Although the statistical publication is annual, local authorities and colleges can access their own data via the 16+ Data Hub at any time.

Following publishing of the first Participation Measure report in August 2015, we received feedback from stakeholders to support its further development which is detailed below.

The latest Participation Measure report (published August 2017) marks the third release of statistics on the participation of 16-19 year olds at a national and local authority level. As agreed by Scottish Ministers the Annual Participation Measure will now be adopted within the Scottish Government’s National Performance Framework.  It is replacing the school leaver destination follow up as the source of the indicator, “increase the proportion of young people in learning, training or work”, published through Scotland Performs

Individual summaries for each local authority area are available at our In Your Area pages.

Contact us if you have feedback or questions about any aspect of our statistics.

Further Reading

Further information on the Participation Measure is available here.

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