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Single School-Leaving Date

Volume 773: debated on Friday 22 November 1968

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what consideration he is giving to a single school-leaving date in 1969–70;(2) what consideration he is giving to a single school-leaving date after the raising of the school leaving age in 1972–73.

In the light of views expressed by education authorities I have concluded that I would not be justified in proposing the adoption in the near future of a single date. It is too soon to consider what should be done after the raising of the school leaving age in 1972–73. The Education (Scotland) Act 1962 does not provide for the fixing of a single leaving date and I am considering this aspect in connection with the forthcoming Education Bill.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate he has made of the number of additional pupils in Scottish schools, if a single school-

"H"Grade"O" Grade
YearPresentationPassesPresentationPasses
19648,3715,93221,92015,381
19659,0976,97122,52715,490
19669,4176,92923,03816,006
196710,1777,87424,19917,211
1968 (Provisional only)10,921Not Available26,061Not Available
The final figures for 1968 will not be available until December.

leaving date is in operation when the school-leaving age is raised in 1972–73.

Any estimate would depend on an assumption about the pattern of leaving dates which was being superseded. If it were the present pattern, there would be, at January, 1973, an additional 15,000 pupils attributable to the combined effect of raising the leaving age and introducing a single leaving date, of whom 5,000 would be attributable to the latter factor only. At January, 1974 the corresponding figures would be 40,000 and 8,000.