Notes on data

A variety of sources have been used to produce the indicators shown on this website which are explained below. Links are provided to sources of further information.

Only information relating to Glasgow City Council schools are included in the data provided in this website. Private and independent schools are not included.

School Population
The numbers of pupils in Glasgow schools has been taken from the School Census data. The School Census is carried out each September by the Scottish Government. The purpose of this collection is to obtain accurate data on schools and pupils attending those schools; it is used for monitoring and to support evidence-based policy-making. For the additional breakdown of information by Neighbourhood and Glasgow SIMD Decile, the addresses of pupils were used to give the Neighbourhood and Glasgow SIMD Decile level charts. For this reason pupils who attend Glasgow Schools but have an address out with Glasgow have not been included. Pupils who have an address that does not match because it has been incorrectly recorded have also not been included.

The numbers of pupils and their Ethnic Minority background has been taken from the school census data. The grouping of Ethnic Minority includes the following categories: Asian Indian, Asian Pakistani, Asian Bangladeshi, Asian Chinese, Asian Other, Caribbean, Black Caribbean, Caribbean other, African-African, African Other, Other- Arab, Other-Other, Mixed or multiple ethnic groups. This data has been recorded by schools based on the Scottish Government recording procedures and has been taken from the school census data.

The number of pupils who are recorded as from Asylum Seeker or Refugee families has been taken from the school census data and follows the Scottish Government recording procedures.

The number of pupils who are recorded as having English as an Additional Language has been taken from the school census data and follows the Scottish Government recording procedures.

The numbers of pupils who are recorded as being entitled to Free School Meals have been taken from the school census data and follows the Scottish Government recording procedures. At a Local Authority level the details have been taken from the Scottish Government’s published figures which are taken at a different date (February each year) so is not reporting the same information.

Additional Resources:

Pupil Census Supplementary Data

School Education - Publications School Meals

Attendance
Attendance information at a Local Authority Level has been taken from the Scottish Government published data - Dataset Series - Attendance and Absence, 2003/04 onwards. This refers to a full school year.

Attendance details at a neighbourhood and Glasgow SIMD Decile level have been taken from the Glasgow City Council Education Services Management Information System (SEEMIS). The addresses of pupils were used to match each neighbourhood and Glasgow SIMD Decile to get the total information.  

Attainment
Attainment at Secondary school at a Local Authority level has been taken from the Scottish Government published data - SQA pre-appeal attainment

The Scotttish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides a diagramatic explanation of the hierarachy of SCQF qualifications.

School Leaver Destinations

The Scottish Government provides detailed reports on School Leaver Destinations going back to 2000/2001.

School leaver destinations at a Strategic Planning Area level within Glasgow have been taken from the Skills Development Scotland data that is provided to Glasgow City Council. This information is held at a school level so the area is based on the school location rather than any addresses of pupils.

Free School Meal Entitlement - Criteria for Eligibility
Pupils entitled to free school meals are those within families who receive Income Support (IS) or Income-based Job Seekers Allowance (IBJSA). Those within families who receive support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 may also be entitled. Children who receive IS or IBJSA in their own right are also entitled to receive free school meals. Also entitled are children whose parents or carers receive Child Tax Credit, do not receive Working Tax Credit and had an annual income (as assessed by the Inland Revenue) of below £16,040 in 2009/10. As of August 2009 eligibility was extended to include children whose parents or carers are in receipt of both maximum child tax credit and maximum working tax credit and an annual income below £6,420.

In August 2010, local initiatives were introduced in most local authority areas to increase eligibility for free school meals among pupils in the first three years of primary school. These initiatives are aimed at promoting healthy eating in early years and vary by local authority. Examples of these initiatives include increasing free school meal eligibility to cover all primary one pupils or all primary one to three pupils in selected schools. Many of the pupils who are eligible and receiving free school meals under these local initiatives would not have been entitled under national eligibility criteria. Therefore while the 2011 data provide an accurate measure of the number of pupils who are able to receive free school meals, this does not result in a comparable measure of deprivation, either over time or between local authorities, due to the differing eligibility criteria which in some cases are not related to deprivation. If you are intending to undertake a school level analysis of deprivation you should consider using the 2010 school meals data or the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation instead.

The data relating to pupils recorded as registered for free school meals at a local authority/city level have been taken from the Healthy Living Survey published by the Scottish Government - School Education - Publications.

The data relating to pupils recorded as registered for free school meals at a neighbourhood and deprivation decile level have been taken from the school census.

As the Healthy Living Survey and the school census are carried out at different times of year (February and September respectively) and based on slightly different samples, the figures provided by each for Glasgow City in any given year will differ slightly.  

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