Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy 2012 (Literacy)

DescriptionLiteracy results from the 2012 Survey which covers assessment of school pupils at stages P4, P7 and S2 in reading, writing and listening & talking. Questionnaire results from a pupil and a teacher questionnaire are also provided.
Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateApril 24, 2013


An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

ISBN 978 1 78256 539 0 (Web only publication)
ISSN 1479 7569
DPPAS 14176

This document is also available in pdf format (778k)
Tables are also available in Excel format (393k)
Survey Design Document is available in pdf format (201k)

Reading, writing and pupil and teacher questionnaire results in this report have been subject to revisions (April 2015).  Therefore the figures in this report have been superseded.  Please refer to the SSLN 2012 supplementary tables for all revised figures.

We would like to thank the 10,100 pupils and 4,900 teachers in the 2,100 schools who took part in SSLN 2012.

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Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy 2012 (Literacy)

Chapter 1: Introduction
1.1 What is the SSLN?
1.2 How was the survey carried out?
1.3 Interpretation of SSLN results
1.4 How will the findings be used?

Chapter 2: Assessment of reading
2.1 Assessing reading skills
2.2 Reporting reading attainment
2.3 Reading attainment
2.4 Attainment by gender
2.5 Attainment by deprivation

Chapter 3: Assessment of writing
3.1 Assessing writing skills
3.2 Writing attainment
3.3 Attainment by gender
3.4 Attainment by deprivation

Chapter 4: Assessment of listening and talking
4.1 Assessing listening and talking skills
4.2 Listening and talking attainment

Chapter 5: Pupil questionnaire
5.1 Activities in school
5.2 Attitudes to learning and literacy

Chapter 6: Teacher Questionnaire
6.1 Teaching literacy across the curriculum
6.2 Aspects of Curriculum for Excellence
6.3 Classroom activities and resources

Chapter 7: Further Information

An Official Statistics publication for Scotland