Chapter 8: Glossary
Additional Support Needs (ASN):
The Education (Additional Support for Learning) Scotland Act 2004 (as amended) states that a child or young person has an additional support need where they need additional support in order to benefit from school education.
Broad General Education (BGE):
The Broad General Education is the first phase of Curriculum for Excellence. It begins in early learning and childcare and continues to the end of S3 (the third year of secondary school). More information can be found here: https://education.gov.scot/scottish-education-system/Broad%20general%20education
Code of Practice for Statistics:
The Code of Practice for Statistics provides producers of official statistics with the detailed practices they must commit to when producing and releasing official statistics. https://www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Code-of-Practice-for-Statistics.pdf
Curriculum for Excellence (CfE):
Curriculum for Excellence is Scotland’s curriculum. It helps our children and young people gain the knowledge, skills and attributes needed for life in the 21st century. More information about Curriculum for Excellence can be found here: https://scotlandscurriculum.scot/
English as an Additional Language (EAL):
Refers to pupils for whom English is a second or additional language.
Gaelic Medium Education:
Gaelic Medium Education is a form of education in Scotland that allows pupils to be taught through the medium of Scottish Gaelic, with English being taught as the secondary language.
Grant Aided School:
Schools that are supported financially directly by the Scottish Government and follow the Curriculum for Excellence but are independent from local authorities. Grant-aided schools are not equivalent to schools termed ‘academies’ in some parts of the UK. Grant aided special schools provide for young people with a wide range of ASN. There are seven Grant aided special schools in Scotland.
Government Statistical Service:
The Government Statistical Service (GSS) is a cross-government network led by the National Statistician. The GSS works to provide advice, analysis and a statistical evidence base to help people make better decisions.
Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD):
The Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation identifies small area concentrations of multiple deprivation across Scotland. More information can be found here: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/SIMD.
Pupils whose home address is in the 20% of least deprived data zones (small areas) as defined by the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/SIMD).
Pupils whose home address is in the 20% of most deprived data zones (small areas) as defined by the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/SIMD).
National Improvement Framework (NIF):
A Scottish Government policy to ensure children and young people develop a broad range of skills and capacities, whilst supporting them to thrive, regardless of their social circumstances or additional needs.
Organisers consist of Numeracy and the three literacy components; Reading, Writing and Listening and Talking.
Pupil Census data:
A Scottish Government data collection, collecting a range of information and statistics on school pupils in Scotland.
Publicly funded mainstream school:
Schools which are run and financed by the local authority and grant-aided schools.
Urban Rural Classification:
The Urban Rural Classification is an Official Statistic used to distinguish rural and urban areas. Within this publication the Urban Rural Classification 2016 has been used. More information can be found here: https://www2.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/About/Methodology/UrbanRuralClassification
Scottish National Standardised Assessments (SNSA):
School children in P1, P4, P7 and S3 complete online standardised assessments in literacy and numeracy as part of everyday learning and teaching. The assessments help to identify children’s progress, providing diagnostic information to support teachers' professional judgement.