This report gives an overview of what we know about Scottish education and the context in which our children and young people learn. It brings together available evidence on attainment, health and wellbeing, and the wider education system, with a specific focus on differences between children from the most and least deprived areas. It aims to present an objective picture of Scottish education, based on a wide range of sources.
Such evidence is crucial to be able to learn from good practice and develop plans for improvement where needed. This is why one of the drivers of improvement set out in the National Improvement Framework is performance information: information on the extent to which we are achieving the aims of the Framework. Such information will be published annually in Framework reports and used to identify national and local priorities for improvement.
Future Framework reports will include data on the achievement of Curriculum for Excellence levels in literacy and numeracy based on teacher judgement as informed by standardised assessment. This data is essential to allow comparisons to be made over time, and highlight differences between the most and least disadvantaged pupils. It is anticipated that future Framework reports will also include information from a new survey on children and young people’s health and wellbeing, which is being developed with a wide range of stakeholders.
Until these new data collection methods are available, this first Interim Framework report brings together information on pupils’ attainment and health and wellbeing from a range of existing data sources, such as the Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy (SSLN), the pupil census, the teacher census, Growing Up in Scotland, and the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). Whilst these sources provide evidence on different aspects of the system, and use differing methodologies, together they give a broad picture of education in Scotland.