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Summary: Disability and School Education

Summary: Disability and School Education

  • School leavers with additional support needs (including special schools) in 2015/16 continued to have lower attainment, with only 34.1% of pupils with an additional support need achieving one or more Highers or better compared to 69.1% for those with no additional support needs.

Source: Attainment and Leaver Destinations Supplementary Data, 2015/16, Table A3.2

  • Leavers from publicly funded secondary schools with additional support needs in 2015/16 continue to be less likely to enter positive destinations on leaving school, with 84.7% in positive follow-up destinations compared to 93.4% for those with no additional support needs.

Source: Summary Statistics for Attainment, Leaver Destinations and Healthy Living, No 7: 2017 Edition, table 3

  • In 2014/15, the rate of exclusions at 69 per 1,000 pupils for those with additional support needs is more than 4 times higher than for pupils with no additional support needs (16 per 1,000).

Source: Summary Statistics for Schools in Scotland, No 6: 2015 Edition, table 8.2


Useful Links

Disability Page

School Education Page

Publications and Outputs

Publications and Outputs

Scottish Government Equality Outcomes: Disability Evidence Review (2013)

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 (2006) High Level Summary of Equality Statistics



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



School Education