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Summary: Ethnicity and School Education

Summary: Ethnicity and School Education

  • In 2017, 85% of pupils were recorded as being white Scottish or white other British. The largest other ethnic backgrounds include white other (5 per cent), Asian Pakistani (2 per cent) and mixed (1 per cent).

  • The number of White - Gypsy/Traveller pupils in 2017 had gone up by 52 per cent from 737 in 2011 to 1,121 in 2017, 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, No.8: 2017 Edition (Table 4.5. Last updated: December 2017), Pupil Census 2017: Supplementary Data (Last updated: March 2018)

 

Useful Links

Ethnicity Page

School Education Page

Attainment
  • In 2016/17, school leavers who identified their ethnicity as Asian-Chinese had the highest levels of attainment with 90.8 per cent of leavers achieving one or more passes at SCQF level 6 or better, far higher than the percentage for leavers with an ethnicity of White-Scottish (60.5 per cent achieving this level).

Source: Summary Statistics for Attainment, Leaver Destinations and Healthy Living, No. 8: 2016/17 (Table 6. Last updated: June 2018)

 
  • In 2016/17, 95.6 per cent of school leavers who identified their ethnicity as Asian-Pakistani were in a positive follow-up destination, compared to 92.7 per cent for leavers with an ethnicity of White-Scottish.

Source: Summary Statistics for Attainment, Leaver Destinations and Healthy Living, No. 8: 2016/17 (Table 3. Last updated: June 2018)

 
  • In September 2017, 1% of school teachers recorded a minority ethnic background. The majority were from a white ethnic background (93%).

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

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. 8: 2016/17 (June 2018) 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 Government Equality Outcomes: Ethnicity Evidence Review (2013) A comprehensive review of available evidence in relation to ethnicity.

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.

Official Statistics

statistics.gov.scot - Explore, visualise and download over 200 datasets from a range of producers. Start browsing by theme, organisation, or geography. Or access programmatically using our APIs. A range of datasets are available that can be broken down by ethnic group

 

External Links

External Links

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External Publications and Outputs

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.

Contacts

Contacts 

School Education

school.stats@gov.scot