Consultation on the revised publication format of Scottish Government School Education Statistics
During Autumn 2011 the Education Analytical Services consulted users on the revised publication format of school education statistics. The consultation consisted of a short online questionnaire, and was sent to all ScotStat contacts, recipients of publications (both electronic and paper), MSPs, media contacts, and any other known interested persons. The consultation was also highlighted on the Scottish Government School Statistics webpage. It ran for twelve weeks (10th August - 3rd November, 2011).
There were 27 responses in total. This is low, and compares to 104 for the 2010 consultation prior to changes to collections. Results of the survey can be accessed here.
Compendium Publication, October 2010
This year is the first in which we are combining statistics from five different collections into one summary statistics bulletin (compendium) and providing detailed statistics as supplementary background datasets (in Excel format). A consultation took place on the content and structure of the new compendium.
The Consultation involved both internal stakeholders and external stakeholders (other interested parties like the HMIe, researchers at universities etc).
Very useful comments came out of the consultation and we managed to incorporate a number of the ideas in the final publication. External stakeholders encouraged us to involve them in a similar capacity in future.
Review of Scottish Government Schools Statistics Publications, September 2010
In September 2010, the Education Analytical Services department of the Scottish Government carried out a consultation - results attached - of users of its Schools statistics. The consultation followed on from a June consultation which sought views about the style and content of Schools statistics, and the Statistics Authority Assessment report on School statistics.
The consultation proposed that Scottish Government would cease the collection and publication of statistics on Children Education Outwith Schools, Exclusions, Placing Requests, Teacher and Educational Psychologists Vacancies, School Meals, Pre-Appeal SQA Examination Results, Budgeted School Running Costs, Expenditure on Schools and Independent School Census. In addition Attendance and Absence data would be collected
and published biennially, and statistical publications would be repackaged to cover Resources in December, Attainment in general education in February and Outcomes in June.
The rationale behind the proposal was to remove some of the central burden placed by the Scottish Government on schools and local authorities when responding to the data collection, to remove those products which result in a duplication of outputs, and those products where the variation of policy and collection at school and LA level undermines the relevance of a national set of statistics. The aim is to leave in place a set of high quality and relevant statistics which will enable users to understand the key aspects of the Scottish school system and the delivery against government priorities. Implementation of changes to the statistical collections are also dependent on current work which is looking to revise the School Handbook legislation. A by-product of this legislation is that it constrains the collection and publication of some statistics to a given periodicity and point in the academic year. If you wish to respond to the School Handbook consultation please access it through (link) http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2010/11/12102944/1
The September consultation was relatively high profile in that there was discussion through PQs, an article in the Glasgow Herald, and comment in the Times Educational Supplement. There were 156 individual responses and a small number of separate responses from organisations.
Thank you to those of you who were able to respond to the user consultations held in September ( results here). Your responses have provided the Scottish Government with valuable information about which statistics the Scottish Government should continue to collect as National Statistics, and how we can maximise their use through effective presentation.
The following workplan was created from the conclusions of the above consulation. Details available here.
Education (Schools) Statistics Survey, June 2010
A survey of users of statistics produced by Analytical Services Unit (Schools) of the Scottish Government was carried out between 24 May - 28 June 2010. The online survey was advertised on the Scottish Government website and circulated to a list of known users, including those registered on ScotStat. Respondents were invited to express their satisfaction or otherwise with the current arrangements around the presentation of a number of official statistics products. The ASU(Schools) Unit is very grateful to those who were able to make the time to respond to the questionnaire. The following paper sets out he key conclusions which have been used to inform the planning of our statistical work.
Results of the June survey can be accessed here.
The consultation involved the following stakeholders:
|Government & Government Agencies ||Scottish Government Analytical Services Divisions; Northern Ireland Executive; Welsh Assembly; Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education; General Register Office for Scotland; United Kingdom Statistics Authority; Department for Education; Parent Council |
|Other Public Bodies ||Learning and Teaching Scotland; Local Authorities; Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) |
|Schools ||Local Authority Mainstream Schools; Grant Aided Special Schools; Independent Organisations/Bodies and Charities; Scottish Qualifications Authority; Scottish Council of Independent Schools; Capability Scotland; Child Poverty Action Group; Inclusion Scotland; General Teaching Council for Scotland; Association of Directors of Education in Scotland. |
|Other ||Teachers' Unions and University Research Centres |
The results of the Education (Schools) Statistics Survey were used to inform the planning of our statistical work including a draft proposal of changes to the scope and format of School Statistics - which is the subject of the Review of Scottish Government Schools Statistics Publications consultation detailed above.