Summary statistics for schools in Scotland no. 7: 2016 edition

Results of the annual pupil and teacher censuses, early learning and childcare data, school estates data, attendance and absence data and exclusions data.


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.

Centrally employed teachers:
Teachers who are employed by a local authority rather than an individual school or early learning and childcare centre.

Child Plans:
Single or multi agency plans based on an assessment guided by the Getting it Right for Every Child National Practice Model. More information about the Getting it Right for Every Child National Practice Model can be found here:

Children and Young People Act:
This act came into force in 2014. More information about the act can be found here:

Co-ordinated Support Plan ( CSP):
This statutory education plan is prepared by local authorities to identify, and ensure provision of, services for children and young people with complex or multiple additional support needs.

Early Learning and Childcare ( ELC):
This is the entitlement to a minimum number of hours (currently 600 pa) of early learning and childcare which is secured by local authorities through their own provision, or through partner providers in the private, independent or third sector.

English as an Additional Language ( EAL):
Refers to pupils for whom English is a second or additional language.

Excepted pupils:
These pupils do not count towards class size for the purpose of class size limits. A list of the reasons that a pupil may be defined as excepted can be found in background note 3.

Full-time equivalent ( FTE):
The total number of hours worked by all staff members divided by the number of hours in a standard full-time working week.

Grant-aided Schools ( GAS):
Schools that are supported financially directly by the Scottish Government 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 ( GASS):
These schools provide for young people with a wide range of ASN. There are seven GASS in Scotland.

General Teaching Council for Scotland ( GTCS):
The independent professional body responsible for keeping a register of teachers in public education in Scotland and advising the Scottish Ministers on teacher education. All teachers in public education must be registered with the GTCS.

Individualised Education Programme ( IEP):
Individualised Education Programmes are written plans setting targets that a child with additional support needs is expected to achieve.

Independent schools:
Privately owned and self-financing schools (also known as private or fee-paying schools).

Least Deprived ( LD):
Pupils whose home address is in the 20% of least deprived data zones as defined by the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (

Local authority early learning and childcare ( ELC) centres:
ELC centres which are run and financed by the local authority.

Local authority schools:
Schools which are run and financed by the local authority.

Most Deprived ( MD):
Pupils whose home address is in the 20% of most deprived data zones as defined by the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (

Partnership agreement - (relating to ELC entitlement):
This is the agreement between local authorities and partner providers through which they deliver the early learning and childcare entitlement.

Partnership ELC centres:
This is partner provider settings in the private, third or independent sectors which could include private or third sector nurseries, playgroups, family centres and school based nurseries. Child-minders are not currently included in the census, although they can and do also work as partner providers with local authorities.

A teacher in their first year after finishing their teacher training. Eligible students graduating from a Scottish university with a teaching qualification are guaranteed a one year post in a Scottish local authority school whilst working towards full GTCS registration. This is known as the Teacher Induction Scheme.

Pupil Teacher Ratio ( PTR):
The average number of pupils per teacher.

Publicly funded schools:
Includes local authority and grant-aided schools.

School condition:
This concerns the state of repair of features or facilities that exist as part of the school fabric and as part of its current design and includes the adequacy and appropriateness of the design, security of the school fabric, contents and occupants and general health and safety requirements.

School suitability:
This refers to the extent to which a school building and its grounds provide an appropriate environment for supporting quality learning and teaching in terms of practicality, accessibility and convenience.

SIMD - Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation:
The Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation identifies small area concentrations of multiple deprivation across Scotland. More information can be found here:

Temporary exclusion:
This is when a pupil is excluded from school but remains on the school's register because they are expected to return after the period of exclusion.

Removed from the register:
This refers to a pupil who is excluded and their name removed from the school register. Such a pupil would then be educated at another school or via an alternative form of provision.


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