Scottish Exchange of Data: school-pupil census

Information and documentation relating to the provision of data for the annual Schools and Pupils data collection.

This document is part of a collection

Survey Background

The purpose of this collection is to obtain accurate data on publicly funded schools and their pupils. It will be used for statistical analysis and to support evidence-based policy making.

Data is collected from all Local Authority and Grant-aided schools and school centres.

The Pupils in Scotland publications can be accessed here on the Scottish Government website.

Guidance Notes are incorporated into the Data Specification documents. If you have a question on the guidance please email us in the first instance.

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

The Education Statistics Privacy Notice relating to children and young people educated in, and the workforce of, Scotland’s schools can be accessed here.

Key Information

Nature of Exchange

Local Authority to Scottish Government


Individual children


Census day:
Wednesday 13 September 2023

Submission to SG

Tuesday 10 October 2023

GAE deadline

To Be Confirmed

Method of data submission

ProcXed or via SEEMIS

Survey Documentation 2023 uplift

The Specification and Guidance for the 2023 collection has been updated. Changes since the previous version are shown as tracked changes for ease of reference.

Survey documentation for 2023 uplift
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