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  • Around a quarter of adults over 16 in Glasgow have a degree and a similar proportion have no qualifications. There is relatively little difference between men and women in terms of having qualifications, although more women have no qualifications and slightly less women have a degree.
  • In 2011, the percentage of the population with a Higher level qualification varied considerably between the neighbourhoods (ranging from 24% to 82%).
  • 12% of young adults aged 16-19 years old in Glasgow were not in employment, education or training in 2011.
  • In the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), Scotland had a higher average score for Science than the OECD average. Scotland had a similar score to the OECD average for Maths and Reading  (PISA 2012).

Education is a broad concept with multiple dimensions and is not simple to define or summarise. A good education is an important foundations in life; facilitating future employment and providing access to a fulfilling adult life. Education is a resource for life that, apart from providing qualifications, can have a much broader beneficial impact on health and well-being in terms of developing values, emotional intelligence, self esteem and social functioning skills.

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