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In 2016 in Glasgow, there was a total of 67,035 pupils in Glasgow City Council schools: 40,681 primary school pupils, 25,025 secondary school pupils and 1,329 pupils were enrolled at schools providing additional support for learning.

In 2014 (the most recent year available), 21% of primary pupils and 16.5% of secondary pupils were from an ethnic minority background.  In 2014, almost 2,000 pupils (3% of all pupils) were from asylum seeker or refugee families.

Primary school attendance has remained fairly steady since 2003/04 and was 93.7% in 2016/17.  Secondary school attendance has risen from 86.6% in 2003/04 to 90.8% in 2016/17.  However, attendance levels in Glasgow are generally lower than in neighbouring local authorities and other Scottish cities.

In 2015/16, 31.2% of school leavers (from publicly-funded secondary schools) went on to higher education, 24.1% went on to further education and 30.2% went into employment or training.

(Source: Education Services, Glasgow City Council)

The school population in Glasgow City Council primary, secondary and additional support for learning (ASL) schools generally decreased from 1995 until 2010, when the primary school population began to rise again.  However, the secondary school population has continued to decline.

In Glasgow primary schools in 2014, 17.9% of primary pupils and 16.3% of secondary pupils were recorded as having English as an Additional Language.  Across Glasgow's neighbourhoods, this proportion varies substantially.  For example, English was an additional language among 2.1% of primary pupils in Baillieston and Garrowhill compared to 73.1% in Pollokshields East.

School attainment levels in the city’s schools have been rising steadily over the last decade, although Glasgow pupils on average still have lower attainment levels than pupils in other local authorities.  In recent years, the proportion of school leavers from publicly funded Glasgow schools entering ‘positive destinations’ (higher education, further education, employment, training or voluntary work) has increased (to 86.5% in 2015/16).  There have been particularly notable rises in school leavers going onto higher and further education.

In making sense of Glasgow's educational performance it is important to be aware that the city has higher levels of deprivation than other local authorities in Scotland, as illustrated in the children's population and children's poverty sections of Understanding Glasgow.  Using the most recent available data, 27.5% of secondary pupils (2017) were registered for free school meals.

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