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Summary: Gender and School Education

Summary: Gender and School Education

  • In 2016/17, women school leavers had the highest levels of attainment with 67.2 per cent achieving one or more passes at SCQF level 6 or better, compared to 55.5 per cent for men school leavers.

  • In 2016/17, 93.8 per cent of women school leavers were in a positive follow-up destination compared to 92.1 per cent of men school leavers.

Source: Summary Statistics for Attainment, Leaver Destinations and Healthy Living, No. 8: 2016/17 (Tables 3 & 6. Last updated: June 2018)

  • In September 2017, 63% of all secondary school teachers were women, however, when broken down by grade, only 41% of secondary school head teachers were women.

Source:  Teacher Census Supplementary Data (Table 3.4. Last updated: March 2018)


Useful Links

Gender Page

School Education Page

National Performance Framework

National Performance Framework

Fifty National Indicators enable progress towards the achievement of the National Outcomes and ultimately the delivery of the Purpose to be tracked.

Indicators are chosen to show how the Scottish Government are progressing on the range of Outcomes.

National Indicator number 9: Improve the skill profile of the population, data table

- progress against this National Indicator, broken down by Gender, can be found under the 'What more do we know about the National indicator?' heading.

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 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.

Scottish Government Equality Outcomes: Gender Evidence Review (2013) A comprehensive review of available evidence in relation to gender



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 gender



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.



School Education