Deprived children not making it to university
NOT ONE single child from a deprived background in Argyll and Bute got the necessary grades to go to university, a national statistics document has revealed.
Figures gathered by the Conservative Party this week show that children from the area’s poorest families did not achieve the three A-grades required for automatic acceptance at university in 2014.
The region was one of four councils in Scotland to record the poor level of academic achievement for those from deprived backgrounds.
A spokeswoman for Argyll and Bute Council said: ‘ It is important to look at attainment in full.
‘ The table [of grades] shows only a single measure of one qualification and one year group. Picking out one measure is misleading.
‘Argyll and Bute has a relatively low number of young people who sat Highers in 2014 and who came from the lowest two Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) indicators.
‘ With such small numbers, the percentage is not statistically valid. Looking at the full picture, Argyll and Bute compares favourably in comparison with a range of other authorities and also has a wide range of alternative qualifications that help our young people secure a positive destination.
‘Argyll and Bute Council is committed to ensuring that all children have the same opportunities and the best possible chances in life.’
Records show that of the young people who left school in 2013/ 2014, 40 per cent went on to higher education – the highest percentage recorded in Argyll and Bute.
A further 172 chose to continue studies at further education colleges, and 255 went into employment.
The overall percentage of school leavers in Argyll and Bute entering a positive destination for 2013/14 was 91 per cent.