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  • Just over a third of adults over 16 in Glasgow had a degree and around a fifth had no qualifications in 2018. Slightly more women have a degree than men but there are also more women than men without any qualifications.
  • In 2011, the percentage of the population with a Higher level qualification varied considerably between the neighbourhoods (ranging from 24% to 82%).
  • 3% of young adults aged 16-19 years old in Glasgow were not in employment, education or training in 2018/19.
  • In the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), Scotland had higher than average scores for Reading, Mathematics and Science (PISA, 2018).  However, Scotland's scores have declined in all three categories since 2000.

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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The data on the Understanding Glasgow website comes from a variety of administrative sources and surveys, and the frequency of updates to these sources varies. The graphs and text on each page should indicate the period to which an indicator refers.  In some cases, where more recently published data is not available, we still use older published sources, such as the 2011 Census. Find out more about the timeliness of data presented on this website.

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