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Attendance, Absence and Exclusions

Survey Background

The purpose of this collection is to obtain from schools, via the local authorities, accurate data on Attendance, Absence and Exclusions. The data will be used for monitoring and to inform policy-making.

Data will be collected from all local authority schools and mainstream grant-aided schools (but not grant-aided special schools) covering stages P1 to S6 and SP.

Attendance and Absence in Scottish Schools data is usually published in December each year and the publications can be found here on the Scottish Government website.

Important note: We only collect this data every 2 years, so the next collection will be in 2017, for the 2016/17 academic year.

Key Information

Key Information

Nature of Exchange

Local Authority to Scottish Government


Individual children


2016/17 Academic Year

Submission to Scottish Government

6 September 2017

Method of data submission

ProcXed or via SEEMIS


Data may be submitted via ProcXed. A user guide for ProcXed and a link to the login page can be found here.

2017 Uplift - specification and guidance updated to include two new Attendance Codes for recording Part-time Timetables

Survey documentation

Survey Documentation 2017 uplift

AAE data spec 2017 Uplift

AAE Advice Note - Temporary to permanent exclusion recorded

AAE Advice Note - Absence of temporary excluded pupils

AAE Advice Note - Attendance of P1 pupils

The Specification and Guidance for the 2017 collection has been updated to include two new Attendance Codes for recording Part-time Timetables. There may be amendments to clarify definitions and/or enhance guidance notes. Any amendments will be managed under change control. The current version is 1.0.  If you have any specific questions please contact us at ScotXed@gov.scot