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Summary: School Education

Summary: School Education

Age
  • 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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Disability
  • School leavers with additional support needs (including special schools) in 2015/16 continue to have lower attainment, with only 34.1% of pupils with an additional support need achieving one or more awards at SCQF Level 6 or better compared to 69.1% for those with no additional support needs.

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

 

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Ethnicity
  • In 2015/16, school leavers who identified their ethnicity as Asian-Chinese had the highest levels of attainment with 91.8% 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% 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

 

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Gender
  • In 2015/16, female school leavers had the highest levels of attainment with 67.3% achieving one or more qualifications at SCQF level 6 or better, compared to 56.3% for male school leavers.

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

  • In 2015/16, 92.2% of female school leavers were in a positive follow-up destination compared to 90.6% of male school leavers.

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

 

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Religion

The only information collected on religion in the education sector relates to the denomination of the school. No information is collected on the religion of pupils or teachers.

  • In September 2016, 17.8% of pupils in publicly funded schools attended a Roman Catholic school. This is the same as in 2015.

Source:  Pupil Census Supplementary Data, Table 1.15    

 

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Sexual Orientation

The Scottish Government does not have information on the sexual orientation of pupils or teachers. It is not appropriate to collect this for pupils.

See the School Education and Sexual Orientation page for external research on the experiences of gay young people in Scotland's schools.

Transgender

The Scottish Government does not have information on the gender identity of pupils or teachers.

See the School Education and Transgender page for external research on transgender young people's experience in school.

Publications and Outputs

Publications and Outputs

Achievement of Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) Levels (December 2017)- 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. The publication contains breakdowns for ethnicity, gender, additional support needs, urban-rural classification, and deprevation.

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 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.

Data

Data

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

External Links

External Links

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Education Scotland - Reports and publications.

The Teacher Report (2014) - Homophobic Bullying in Scotland's Schools

The School Report (2012) - Homophobic Bullying in Schools - Stonewall surveyed more than 1,600 gay young people. Levels of homophobic bullying have fallen by 10 per cent since 2007 and the number of schools saying that homophobic bullying is wrong has more than doubled, to 50 per cent.

The experiences of gay young people in Scotland's schools in 2012  - Stonewall present Scottish specific data which shows first hand the experience of young lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Scottish schools.

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Contacts

School Education

school.stats@gov.scot

 

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