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Key Facts: Age and School Education

School EducationSummary: Age and School Education

  • In September 2016, the average age of teachers in publicly funded schools was 41, however 16% of teachers were aged 55 or over.

Source: Summary Statistics for Schools in Scotland, No.7: 2016 Edition, table 3.4


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Publications and Outputs

Publications and Outputs

Achievement of Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) Levels- This publication the results of the Achievement of Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) Levels data collection, detailing pupils’ achievement (based on Teachers Professional Judgements) in reading, writing, listening and talking and numeracy. These data are experimental statistics and were first published on 13 December 2016.

Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy - This publication summarises the results from the Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy (SSLN), an annual sample survey which monitors national performance in literacy and numeracy in alternate years, for school pupils at P4, P7 and S2.

Summary statistics for attainment, leaver destinations and healthy living, No. 7: 2017 Edition - This annual statistical publication provides information on post review attainment for school leavers, initial and follow up school leaver destinations, and information from the Healthy Living Survey on free school meals and PE in schools.

Summary statistics for Schools in Scotland, No.6: 2015 Edition - This statistical publication provides information on the annual census of pupils and teachers in publicly funded schools, and of early learning and childcare provision in Scotland which is conducted in September each year. It also provides information from the school estate survey, and information on attendance and absence and exclusions from school on a biennial basis.

Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2012 - Highlights from Scotland's Results. The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is an international assessment of student attainment in reading, maths and science at age fifteen.

Scottish Government Equality Outcomes: Age Evidence Review (2013) - A comprehensive review of available evidence in relation to age equality.



School Education datasets - Statistical datasets covering attainment, school leaver destinations, pupil statistics, teacher statistics, pupil numbers and school information.



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