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School Surveys

Surveys taking place in Scottish schools where Scottish Government is a stakeholder

Please note there will also be local surveys and surveys being run by other organisations

Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy (SSLN)
Contact: Elisabeth Boyling (Scottish Government) Elisabeth.Boyling@gov.scot

Programme for international student assessment (PISA)
Contact: Jonathan Wright (Scottish Government) Jonathan.Wright@gov.scot

Health Behaviour In School-aged Children (HBSC)
Contact: Child and Adolescent Health Research Unit (CAHRU)  cahru@st-andrews.ac.uk

Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS)
Contact: Scottish Government   salsus@gov.scot

Behaviour in Scottish Schools (in its current form)
Previously done in 2012 but no current commitment to repeat this.

Scottish Schools Census

Contact:   school.stats@gov.scot  (Scottish Government)

A census of pupils and teachers in publicly funded schools is carried out every September.  This is normally undertaken in about the third week of September.  The information is taken from Schools management information systems rather than a survey.  It is processed and quality assured before being published every December.

The Healthy Living Survey

A survey of free school meal registration and school meal uptake as well as PE participation at a school level. Conducted in February, published in June.

The school estates survey

A annual survey of the condition and suitability of the school estate, collected in April each year. Information on rebuilds and refurbishments for the preceding financial year is also collected. The information is published in December

Attendance and absence and exclusion

Biennial (once every 2 years) collection of attendance and absence and exclusions over the course of a school year. This was last collected for 2012/13 and was published in December 2013. The next collection will be for 2014/15 and will be published in December 2015.


Schools surveys timetable and comparison

Schools surveys timetable and schools surveys comparison

Other surveys

Other surveys taking place in Scotland outside of schools