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Key Facts: Age and School Education

School EducationSummary: Age and School Education

  • In September 2017, the average age of teachers in publicly funded schools was 41, however 15% of teachers were aged 55 or over.

Source: Summary Statistics for Schools in Scotland, No.8: 2017 Edition (Table 3.4. Last updated: December 2017)


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Summary Statistics for Schools in Scotland, No.8: 2017 Edition (December 2017) Contains the results of the annual pupil census, annual teacher census, early learning and childcare data , school estates data, attendance and absence data and exclusions data. It includes statistics on teachers by age and gender; and on pupils by ethnicity, gender and additional support needs


Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy (May 2017) This publication summarises the results from the Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy (SSLN), an annual sample survey which monitors national performance in literacy and numeracy in alternate years, for school pupils at P4, P7 and S2.

Scottish Government Equality Outcomes: Age Evidence Review (2013) A comprehensive review of available evidence in relation to age equality.



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