Scottish Exchange of Data: attendance, absence and exclusions

Information and documentation relating to the provision of data for the Attendance, Absence and Exclusions data collection.

Survey Background

The purpose of this collection is to obtain from schools, via the local authorities, accurate data on Attendance, Absence and Exclusions. The data will be used for monitoring and to inform policy-making.

Data will be collected from all local authority schools and mainstream grant-aided schools (but not grant-aided special schools) covering stages P1 to S6 and SP.

Attendance and Absence in Scottish Schools data is usually published in December each year and the publications can be found here on the Scottish Government website.

Important note: The next collection will be for the 2023/24 academic year.

Key Information

Nature of Exchange

Local Authority to Scottish Government


Individual children


2023/24 Academic Year

Submission to Scottish Government

29 August 2024

Method of data submission

ProcXed or via SEEMIS

Data may be submitted via ProcXed. A user guide for ProcXed and a link to the login page can be found here.

Survey Documentation 2024 uplift

The Attendance, Absence and Exclusions collection is now going to be an annual exercise with attendance and absence data required every year and exclusion data every second year. Therefore for the 2024 uplift we will only record the data for attendance and absence. If you have any specific questions please contact us at

AAE data specification 2024 uplift
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