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Schools in West Lothian are using data sharing to help shape the future for the area's young people.

West Lothian Council's innovative approach in using the 16+ Data-Hub is going from strength to strength.

The council's Opportunities for All co-ordinator Andrew Millar explained: "We have worked hard to implement the Data-Hub across all West Lothian schools and we are already reaping the benefits.

"Initially, each school was tracking pupil aspirations in 11 different ways, including paper records, databases and spreadsheets.

"Redesigning and relaunching the Data-Hub as the Opportunities for All page on SEEMIS moved things along considerably as the new page now meets the needs of all schools, and can be accessed by the school staff and SDS colleagues."

Regular meetings now take place with head teachers to ensure the data is being used to identify trends in career aspirations and establish how many Further Education places are required.

Andrew added: "We are beginning to be able to adapt our senior phase curriculum and college provision to meet the needs of learners, and to target specific young people for particular opportunities.

"For example, I used the Data-Hub to identify how many young people were interested in engineering, and they will now be invited to an event hosted by SRUC Oatridge Campus aimed at promoting engineering as a career."

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