Evaluation 2010 - 11

What pupils said about Routes for All sessions:

S5 Routes for Me ‘Improved my confidence about the difference between uni and college’
S5 Prepare to Pass

‘I liked this workshop as it motivated me and gave me confidence’

S6 Analyse Me Made it easier to analyse myself when trying to think of qualities and skills’
S6 A Personal Statement

I would never have been able to do this myself’ and ‘this made me more confident when I am going to be preparing my personal statement which was helpful’

S6 Your Interview

‘this one stood out for me because its good to practice for future interviews for college or even a job’

Routes for All 2010 - 11

In 2010 – 11 the full S5 and S6 Routes for All programme was delivered in 29 of  30 schools of our target schools. 1125 pupils participated in the Routes for All Programme. This comprised of 565 S5 pupils and 560 S6 pupils who received the Routes for All programme, an increase of 10.6% on pupils participating in 2009-10. The Routes for All teams delivered 450 individual school sessions. This has resulted in an increase of 32% on the number of sessions delivered from last year.

We continued to build links and relationships with local colleges and more colleges were involved this year in the delivery of sessions. The ‘College Route’ session continued to be a success for pupils and college staff.  This session is delivered by college staff and gives pupils the opportunity to speak to college staff and ask any pertinent questions.

The website for Routes for All (www.routesforall.co.uk) was utilised in our activity in schools.  As well as being a key information source for pupils, parents, teachers and mentors the website incorporates a virtual learning environment, the use of which was piloted as part of the programme in 2010-11.  This was a success in the schools that had adequate I.T facilities.  Lessons have been learned from the pilot and the use of the website will be rolled out in 2011-12.  This roll-out will be dependent on school facilities.

Routes for All 2009 – 10 pupil desitinations

All 1017 S5 and S6 Routes for All pupils were tracked by Skills Development Scotland after participating in FOCUS West’s Routes for All in session 2009-2010.


Overall 97% of all S5 and S6 pupils taking part in Routes for All went onto a positive destination. Positive destinations include: returning to school for S6, higher education, further education, training, and employment.

Of those pupils that left school in 2010 93% went onto a positive destination. 32% of those onto a Higher Education courses at University and College.

These results are excellent especially when taking into consideration the current economic climate and the subsequent squeeze on college places that have resulted from this.

Routes for All 2010 – 11 evaluation

As in previous years 100% of teachers still felt the school had benefited in some way from being involved and 92% of S5 pupils and 94% of S6 pupils gave the delivery and content of the programme an overall positive rating.


Of the pupils that attended the Routes for All sessions teachers felt that pupils gained confidence, were more aware and better equipped for the demands of Further Education, knew more about different learning styles and were more prepared for completing application forms, interviews and exams.


Pupils were given advice, guidance and support throughout the programme and 95% of S5 pupils and 94% of S6 pupils felt they received adequate support.


What teachers said about Routes for All:

“I think a lot of S6 pupils have now achieved college places because of this.” Drumchapel High
“The fact that pupils are able to work in a small group with mentors on a programme aimed at giving them the advice and support they need to successfully access FE. Many of our pupils do not have this type of support at home” Smithycroft Secondary

“Pupils enjoyed the experience.  Pupils felt valued and liked being treated as adults.  Having sessions spread out was excellent.”

John Paul Academy
“Our pupils and staff appreciate the time and effort put into organising and delivering the Routes for All programme.  Hope to be involved next year.”

Clyde Valley High