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Summary: Ethnicity and School Education

Summary: Ethnicity and School Education

  • In 2015/16, school leavers who identified their ethnicity as Asian-Chinese had the highest levels of attainment with 91.8 per cent of leavers achieving at least one qualification at SCQF level 6 or better, far higher than the percentage for leavers with an ethnicity of White-Scottish (61.1 per cent achieving this level).

Source: Summary Statistics for Attainment, Leaver Destinations and Healthy Living, No 7: 2017 Edition, table 6 

  • In 2015/16, 96.9% of school leavers who identified their ethnicity as Asian-Indian were in a positive follow-up destination, compared to 91.3% for leavers with an ethnicity of White-Scottish.

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

  • In September 2016, 1.4% of school teachers recorded a minority ethnic background. The majority were from a white ethnic background (93.6%).

Source:  Summary statistics for schools in Scotland, Table 3.4

 
Pupil ethnicity
  • Data on the ethnicity of pupils in publicly-funded schools in Scotland from the Pupil Census in 2016 shows that 86.2% of pupils were recorded as being white Scottish or white other British. The largest other ethnic backgrounds include white other (4.9 per cent), Asian Pakistani (1.9 per cent) and mixed (1.2 per cent).
  • It also shows that the number of White - Gypsy/Traveller pupils in 2016 had gone up by 52 per cent from 737 in 2011 to 1,121 in 2016, although this could be due to improved recording rather than an actual increase.
  • The Pupil Census shows a higher proportion of ethnic minority pupils in schools than would be expected from the ethnic minority share of the population at large: this is mainly explained by the younger age profile of the ethnic minority population, and with this a higher proportion of households with dependent age children.

Source: Summary statistics for schools in Scotland, Table 4.5

Source: Pupil Census, Scotland

 

Useful Links

Ethnicity Page

School Education Page

Publications and Outputs

Publications and Outputs

Summary statistics for Schools in Scotland, No 7, 2016 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: Ethnicity Evidence Review (2013) - a comprehensive review of the existing equality evidence relating to Ethnicity.

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.

Contacts

Contacts 

School Education

school.stats@gov.scot