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Summary: School Education

Age
  • In September 2017, the average age of teachers in publicly funded schools was 41, however 15% of teachers were aged 55 or over.

Source: Summary Statistics for Schools in Scotland, No.8: 2017 Edition (Table 3.4. Last updated: December 2017)

 

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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: 2015/16 (Table A3.2. Last updated: June 2017)

 
  • 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: 2015/16 (Table 3. Last updated: June 2017)

 

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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).
  • 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: 2015/16 (Tables 3 & 6. Last updated: June 2017)

 

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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.
  • 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: 2015/16 (Tables 3 & 6. Last updated: June 2017)

 

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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 2017, 17.8% of pupils in publicly funded schools attended a Roman Catholic school. This is the same as in 2016.

Source:  Pupil Census 2017: Supplementary Data (Table 1.15. Last Updated: March 2018)

 

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Sexual Orientation

The Scottish Government does not have information on the sexual orientation of pupils or teachers. No information is collected on the sexual orientation of pupils or teachers

 
  • Stonewall's survey on the experience of young people in secondary schools in 2017, found that in 52% of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) pupils report having been bullied.
  • Stonewall's survey found that 41% of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) pupils reported not being taught about LGBT issues in school or college

External SourceSchool Report Scotland (Stonewall Scotland, 2017)

This research has been carried out independently of the Scottish Government, the results are hosted on an external website and the findings do not necessarily represent the views of the Scottish Government or Scottish Ministers.

 

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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 2016/17 (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.

Summary Statistics for Schools in Scotland, No.8: 2017 Edition (December 2017) Contains the results of the annual pupil census, annual teacher census, early learning and childcare data , school estates data, attendance and absence data and exclusions data. It includes statistics on teachers by age and gender; and on pupils by ethnicity, gender and additional support needs

 

Summary Statistics for Attainment, Leaver Destinations and Healthy Living, No. 7: 2015/16 (June 2017) Publication looking at the activity of young people immediately after they leave school, including employment and further or higher education. Covers ethnicity, gender, additional support needs and deprivation

 

Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy (May 2017) 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.

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

Scottish Government Survey Data

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

External Links

External Links

Please note that you will leave the Scottish Government web site by clicking on any of the following links, and that the Scottish Government and its staff are not responsible for content external to this web site. The research below has been carried out independently of the Scottish Government and the findings do not necessarily represent the views of the Scottish Government or Scottish Ministers

External Publications and Outputs

School Report Scotland 2017 (Stonewall Scotland, 2017) A survey of LGBT young people's experiences of secondary education including bullying, how schools responded, teaching, and support.

Homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying: Review (Department for Education, 2014) Research into how to prevent homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools. It includes a review of existing literature, and a mixed methods study of teachers and pupils

The Teacher Report: Homophobic Bullying in Scotland's Schools (2014) A Stonewall survey of primary and secondary teachers, looking at their experiences of homophobic bullying in their schools, and the inclusion of sexual orientation issues in the classroom.

How Fair is Britain?: Report of EHRC first triennial review (EHRC, 2011) This Equality and Human Rights review aims to provide an authoritative compilation of the available evidence about equalities in England, Scotland and Wales against 40 indicators agreed by the Commission, the government and other key agencies. It brings together the facts about the experiences and outcomes in life of different individuals and groups. It draws on a range of sources including censuses, government surveys, academic work, and secondary analysis carried out especially for this Review.

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School Education

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