Parental Involvement and Engagement Census Scotland 2021/22

Statistical publication providing information on the Parental Involvement and Engagement Census 2021/22.

Uses of the PIE Census

The PIE census is a local authority data collection primarily to provide local authorities with evidence for informing and monitoring improvement activity and meeting commitment and goals set out in the Learning Together National Action Plan.

Each education authority has a duty to prepare and publish each year a strategy for parental involvement. The PIE Census provides important evidence for those local authorities to evidence progress in their strategy.

The Scottish Government will use the PIE data as evidence to monitor the  Parent/carer involvement and engagement driver in its National Improvement Framework and Improvement Plan for Scottish Education


The PIE Census is a local authority data collection. Scottish Government has worked collaboratively with local authorities (and others) to develop a set of core questionnaires and provide a platform for collection. Local authorities may choose to use alternative methods to collect the evidence they require or use alternative platforms. This approach supports local authorities to collect the evidence they require to meet their legislative duties, while improving efficiency by sharing the data with Scottish Government to enable the Scottish Government to fulfil its own functions. The aim is to have a single data collection which provides evidence for a range of purposes at a range of geographies. For example, parental and involvement data is available for use by schools, local authorities and nationally to inform and monitor progress at each level.

Twenty local authorities collected data using the PIE Census 2021/22, 18 of which shared their data with Scottish Government in time for inclusion in the published analysis. Therefore, this analysis is a summary of the data from those 18 local authorities. It does not include responses for all local authority areas. The local authorities who shared data with the Scottish Government are:


Argyll & Bute

City of Edinburgh


Dumfries & Galloway

Dundee City

East Renfrewshire


Glasgow City



North Ayrshire

Perth & Kinross


Scottish Borders

South Ayrshire

South Lanarkshire


Time series

The first PIE Census was undertaken in 2018/19, with 24 local authorities sharing data with the Scottish Government. As the model was the same as that outlined above, the statistics are not nationally representative, and are not weighted to be representative of the population.

Therefore, time series analysis is not included in the analysis, as the statistics cannot be used to demonstrate improvement (or not) between the two time periods.


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